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The Clean Water Act and the associated state statutes and regulations provide the framework for New Mexico's regulation (and nonregulation) of our rivers and streams. Both the federal and state laws need improvement if they are to work in New Mexico. As readers of The Green Fire Report well know, the "improvements" contemplated by the new Congress are unlikely to improve our water. H.R. 961, the House bill recently passed by the House, is simply unacceptable. President Clinton has indicated that he will veto the bill as passed by the House. Your efforts are needed to contact your federal legislators and urge them to prevent backsliding on the gains that we have made thus far. Equally importantly, we need to explain to the New Mexico Legislature and state officials what we must do to improve the generally poor quality of our streams.

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The Green Report



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5, 8-9



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