Make Otero Mesa a National Monument
Dear Alibi ,
I moved to New Mexico recently and was immediately in awe of the clean air, open skies and wild land of this state. I learned Otero Mesa, located in southeast New Mexico, is home to more than 1,000 native animal species and provides an incredibly diverse landscape of plant species as well. Such an ecosystem provides an invitation to New Mexicans and tourists alike to camp, hike and relax in the natural world. Sitting just below Otero Mesa is our state’s last untapped groundwater source; this source, once tapped, will provide 1 million New Mexicans with water for 100 years. Goodness knows us desert dwellers need fresh water! To my dismay I’ve discovered gas and mining companies want to open Otero Mesa for drilling and mountain top removal. This would destroy the habitats of native plant and animal species as well as flood the groundwater with toxins, making it unusable to New Mexicans. It is vital New Mexicans take a stand and push for Otero Mesa to become a national monument now. This would preserve the native plant and animal species, as well as provide a necessary water source for future generations.