Contact officials for the Rio Grande
How can our elected and appointed officials know what we think unless we tell them? They need to know how to best act on our behalf and there is no better way than writing them a letter.
Tell them that the current state of the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico and west Texas is unacceptable, and urge them to establish a federal program to purchase land and water for river restoration.
Take a moment and open any or all of these websites to contact the southern New Mexico Congressionals. Then simply follow guide for a great letter to your officials.
5 Steps to a GREAT Letter
[Step 1 – Begin your letter, easy!]
Dear [use title and last name – never hurts to be as polite as possible],
[Step 2 – Introduce yourself]
“I am a resident of _____________ and I’m writing today…”
“I’m one of your supporters and I need your support for the Rio Grande to be a "living river" in New Mexico.”
[Step 3 – Tell them why the Rio Grande matters to you]
[Step 4 - Here’s the important part - give them something specific to do or several things]
• Create a federal program to purchase land and water rights with the specific goal of river restoration work.
• Find ways to incorporate ecological concerns into exisiting agencies work (e.g. mandate better management of floodways to include traditional bosque, cottonwood groves).
[Step 5 – End your letter, again easy!]
Thank you for your time,
[Don’t forget to SIGN your letter]
123 Wilderness Way
Las Cruces, NM 88001