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.

Representative Steve Pearce
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Martin Heinrich

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]

Tell them about a positive experience with the Rio or an experience you wish you could have.
Why do you think healthy rivers are important?
Highlight the important roles river ecosystems play in the natural world as valuable habitat
The lack of year round flow in the Rio Grande is unacceptable, and prevents a thriving healthy, complete, river system.

[Step 4 - Here’s the important part - give them something specific to do or several things]

“I respectfully ask that you…”:
• 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!]

[Use a good closer like:]
Sincerely yours,
Thank you for your time,

[Don’t forget to SIGN your letter]
Jane/John Doe
123 Wilderness Way
Las Cruces, NM 88001