• San Antonio Creek in Valles Caldera National Preserve, July 19, 2015 »

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich fishes the San Antonio Creek in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, one of many outdoor spaces in New Mexico that is protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Heinrich worked to pass legislation that transitioned management of the preserve from a Board of Trustees to the National Park Service to increase public access.

    • LEED Platinum Certified Silver Gardens Apartments and Casitas de Colores, June 29, 2015 »

      U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours the Silver Gardens Apartments and Casitas de Colores in Albuquerque with the U.S. Green Building Council in an effort to highlight the clean energy economy and energy efficiency programs. Silver Gardens Apartments and Casitas de Colores are LEED Platinum Certified, mixed-income communities uniquely designed using energy conservation strategies. Both communities feature solar panels installed using the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit established by the Energy Policy Act of 2015, and construction was supported by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
      • Española, July 2, 2015 »

        • Sikh Dharma International Community, July 2, 2015 »

          U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich visits the Sikh Dharma International Community in Española to receive a briefing on its business ventures.

          • Santa Clara Pueblo Flood Mitigation, July 2, 2015 »

            U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours flood mitigation efforts at Santa Clara Pueblo. In June 2015, Senator Heinrich welcomed news that Santa Clara Pueblo will receive funding under a new national program aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes. Santa Clara Pueblo is receiving $400,000 to complete restoration of the natural fire regime — the natural frequency, intensity, size, pattern, season and severity of fire — on the mesa top lands, protecting ancient cliff dwellings, cultural sites, traditional food sources and watershed health. The Pueblo suffered significant damages from the catastrophic Las Conchas fire in 2011, which burned more than 150,000 acres in northern New Mexico. Two years later, heavy summer rainstorms caused severe flooding and erosion where the fire had burned protective ground cover. The funding comes from the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program, which Senator Heinrich helped create as part of a bill to fund the government. Santa Clara Pueblo has experienced severe wildfire in recent years, burning the Pueblo's commercial timberland and threatening the Santa Clara watershed and the Rio Grande River. Protecting the area will help ensure the watershed remains stable long-term, and restore the Pueblo's timber harvest which is crucial to the local economy. The funding will help reduce an additional 2,000 acres of hazardous vegetation through thinning, and improve the health of 7,000 more acres through planned burns of the mesa landscape.

            • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew at Bandelier National Monument, July 1, 2015 »

              U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich participates in a restoration service project with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew at Bandelier National Monument. The HOPE Crew program links preservation projects to the national youth corps movement. It brings the potential for thousands of crew members to work on hundreds of sites, learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating historic places. Senator Heinrich is a staunch supporter of national service programs. He is the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus. In May, Senator Heinrich announced $522,750 in funding to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for 136 AmeriCorps members to conduct environmental restoration projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, build trails, restore watersheds, weatherize low-income homes, and increase academic engagement of school children across northern New Mexico.

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