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Stream Access - 2020 

Stream access issues are heating up again in New Mexico. In late November, 2019, the Attorney General directed the Fish and Game Commission to rescind the 2017 rule that essentially made it legal for private landowners to block paddling access on public waters. In early 2020, there will be an opportunity to repeal and replace this rule with something that honors the New Mexico Constitution and the right of the public to access New Mexico's waters. Read the letter to New Mexico members by clicking below


  • Stream Access Update 2020 (letter posting soon)


Stream Access- 2018 

The stream access issue in New Mexico continues. New Mexico State Director, Robert Levin, was recently interviewed by Guardian reporter, Cassidy Randall. Please read the article below by clicking the link. 






New Mexico Policy Update - 2018 


Three important policy issues currently affect the New Mexican paddling community.The Department of the Interior recommended proclamation changes to Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Gila Wilderness is threatened by an Air Force proposal to pursue jet-fighter training in the skies above the wilderness, through which the Gila River flows. The Gila River remains subject to water infrastructure development projects, and finally, the Department of Fish and Game pushed a piece of last minute legislation at the end of 2017 that threatens paddlers' legal rights to access public streams. Please click on the link to read the full letter.



New Mexico Stream Access Coalition - 2016


For the past 50 years, New Mexicans have slowly been shut out of some sections of the streams and rivers that are rightfully theirs to recreate on. Prior law stated that the streams and rivers of New Mexico were open for fishing and boating. But with the signing of the Steam Access Bill into law, the governor officially closed some sections of the public waters open for recreation. The ACA supports the New Mexico Stream Access Coalition and their petition to Governor Martinez to repeal the Stream Access Bill. 


Proposed Amendments for Stream Access - 2015 


2015 New Mexico Senate Bill 226 proposes amending section 17-4-7 New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978, which would redefine the ownership of New Mexico stream beds and restrict public access to these resources. ACA contacted New Mexico Senators to express our opposition to this bill.   

  • New Mexico Senate Letter (PDF)
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