ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico officials on Thursday said the Trump administration’s move to end federal protections for many of the nation’s streams, arroyos and wetlands will be “disastrous” for the Southwest state.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been a constant critic of the president, said water is the most important natural resource for the arid state, and stripping protections is an affront to all who call New Mexico home.
“My administration is committed to protecting New Mexico’s precious waters and will consider all legal options to prevent this rule from going into effect. This is far from over,” she proclaimed in a statement.
The change to the clean water rule had long been sought by builders, oil and gas developers, farmers and others. It narrows the Obama administration’s 2015 definition of what is a protected body of water and effectively removes safeguards for some waterways that had been previously put into place.