Stuff you need to know, 5.24.24

Today’s intelligence from state and/or national reporting

“Two NM wildfires exceed 1,000 acres, as forecasters warn of increased risk Memorial Day Weekend”
by Patrick Lohmann, Source NM
May 24, 2024

As the Blue 2 Fire about 10 miles northwest of Ruidoso and the Indios Fire in the Santa Fe National Forest spread in remote areas of New Mexico, national forecasters are warning about weather and climate conditions over Memorial Day Weekend that could cause or worsen more wildfires. All of New Mexico is under either a Fire Weather Watch or a Red Flag Warning.

Click on the above link to read this free-access report.

“New Mexico to receive $18.9M in federal money for ‘forever chemical’ detection”
by Danielle Prokop, Source NM
May 24, 2024

State officials hope to pull down a total of $47.2 million over the next five years in additional rounds of federal grants. The first two years will focus on detection and subsequent phases will address removal of Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS for short) in drinking water.

Click on the above link to read this free-access report on good news about this grant made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

“EPA announces $18.9M in funding to address PFAS contamination in New Mexico”
by Hannah Grover, NM Political Report
May 24, 2024

Unfortunately, small, disadvantaged water systems don’t have the technical expertise needed to address removing PFAS and other emerging contaminants and the majority of the water systems in New Mexico meet the definition of small and disadvantaged.

Click on the above link to read this free-access report on the challenges that must be overcome for the federal funding to achieve its intended results.

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Diana Tittle
Diana Tittle

Diana Tittle, a member of the board of Sierra County Public-Interest Journalism Project, was the editor of the Sierra County Sun, the Citizen's precursor. A former resident of Truth or Consequences who now lives part-time in northern New Mexico, she spent her 42-year professional career in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, book author and publisher and publishing consultant. She is the recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature.

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