SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environment Department and Picuris Pueblo are seeking information on illegal dumping of raw sewage into the Rio Pueblo.
Picuris Pueblo found evidence of toilet paper and other solids in the river last week, and contacted NMED to report the contamination.
Pueblo staff and NMED’s Surface Water Quality Bureau tested the river water at the pueblo and downstream. The test results show levels of E. coli bacteria in the river are at normal levels.
The Picuris Pueblo restricted access to the river upon finding the contamination, but NMED said in a release that the “Rio Pueblo is now open and safe for recreation.” Picuris Pueblo is offering a $500 reward to anyone who identifies the illegal dumper.
Residents with information on illegal dumping or other suspicious environmental activities can contact the NMED environmental incident hotline at 1-800-219-6157 or report the incident online at env.nm.gov.