FIRE, WATER AND THE AFTERMATH:
The Cerro Grande Fire and Its Effect On The Rio Grande Watershed
In response to the potential threat to our watershed, on July
8, 2000, the first of two public workshops will be convened at
the Eldorado Hotel with national and local experts and community
members to attain a comprehensive view of the effects of the Cerro
Grande Fire on our watershed.
The Rio Grande/Bravo is the lifeblood of New Mexico, southern
Texas and northern Mexico, providing water for 10 million people.
Because of the Cerro Grande fire, a large forested area has been
denuded and there is concern about rains, erosion and runoff of
toxic materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to
the Rio Grande/Bravo Watershed.
The purpose of the workshop is to broaden public awareness about
the environmental and health risks that may result from runoff
and to encourage independent oversight of LANL's measures toward
protecting New Mexico's largest watershed. It is an opportunity
for all of us to come together to develop a proclamation, from
the people to our elected officials, so greater accountability
and information can become available to all.
This workshop is being sponsored by Concerned Citizen for Nuclear
Safety (CCNS) and Robert Alvarez of the Nuclear Policy Project/Fund
for Constitutional Government. The first workshop will be held
at the Eldorado Hotel Ballroom from 9am to 6pm, Saturday, July
8. Workshop participants are expected to include representatives
of the State of New Mexico, the Pueblos, LANL/UC, DOE, watershed
and environmental organizations, and independent scientific and
health experts, farmers, lab workers and community members.
In the morning session there will be a panel discussion with
national and local experts defining the issues, especially as
they pertain to the impacts of radioactive and other hazardous
contaminants on the Rio Grande Watershed. In the afternoon session
there will be breakout groups for people to identify community
concerns in the aftermath of the Cerro Grande fire. The workshop
breakout groups will address issues of health and safety, rehabilitation
of habitat, and river and watershed concerns.
We are looking forward to your participation. This is an extraordinary
moment in history to protect our bioregion and learn more about
how we can all work together to ensure the safety of our water.
The El Dorado Hotel is located at 309 West San Francisco Street,
Santa Fe, NM. For more information, contact Concerned Citizens
for Nuclear Safety at (505) 986-1973; fax (505) 986-0997; or email
and Robert Alvarez at (301)585-7672; fax (301)585-9474; or email
Central Document for the conference