AMIGOS BRAVOS INC

Because Water Matters

Taos, NM   |  www.amigosbravos.org

Mission

The mission of Amigos Bravos is to protect and restore the waters of New Mexico.

Notes from the nonprofit

New Mexico's watersheds are among the most fragile in the United States. It is estimated that 94%+ of our rivers and streams are intermittent or ephemeral in nature, meaning that during some portions of the year they don't flow. All of our watersheds are highly dependent on the winter snowpack in the Rocky Mountains to generate runoff throughout the year - a status quo that is seriously threatened by climate change. The work of Amigos Bravos is dedicated to ensure that our watersheds maintain the resilience to nourish our communities, our agriculture, and our natural world in our forests, meadows, and deserts.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Mr. Joseph Zupan

Main address

PO Box 238

Taos, NM 87571 USA

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EIN

85-0363268

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Amigos Bravos seeks to protect and restore the waters of New Mexico, and mitigate the effects of climate change to the state's watersheds.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Restore Watershed Health

Healthy watersheds are critical to the wellbeing of all New Mexicans, including people, p;wants, and animals. Amigos Bravos works with volunteers and community organizations to protect and restore the natural hydrology and resiliency of wetlands, forests, high mountain meadows, and aquatic ecosystems. Amigos Bravos also works to develop proactive policies that counter impacts from climate-change-driven drought and large storm events. In addition, Amigos Bravos works to protect special places and restore native aquatic species (including the Rio Grande cutthroat trout and river otters) and their habitats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Key to protecting New Mexico's waters for future generations is holding polluters and government agencies accountable for water contamination and hazardous waste. Continuing areas of concern for Amigos Bravos include impacts from the mining industry, Los Alamos National Laboratory, municipal and industrial stormwater discharges, concentrated dairy farms, and the oil and gas industry. In addition, Amigos Bravos is focused on eliminating the presence of PCBs in the environment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Amigos Bravos empowers individuals and communities to protect and restore the waters in their own backyards through educational outreach, hands-on training, technical assistance, and coalition-building - each of which generates leadership for future campaigns. The Amigos Bravos Arts and Activism initiative creates opportunities to positively influence human relationships.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching goal of Amigos Bravos is to ensure watershed health and resiliency for all New Mexicans in the face of global climate change.

Seek special protection for high country wetlands ("Wetland Gems") during Carson and Santa Fe National forest planning process

Encourage NM legislature and other stakeholders to consider the "water-energy nexus", i.e. how fossil fuel energy development consumes water.

Filing suit with Federal agencies regarding leases for extractive processes (oil & gas, mining) in sensitive areas

In our 30-year history we have established staff capacity and strategic alliances with other organizations to effect our agenda of protecting New Mexico's watersheds. Our staff consists of people with degrees in environmental engineering, environmental science, and biology. Our coalition partners can add specialized technical and legal expertise.

Still seeking protection for "Wetland Gems"

Still working to have NM legislature consider "water-energy nexus"

Still working on mining reform (how mines use water and return it to the watersheds in an impaired condition)

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMIGOS BRAVOS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Francisco Guevara

Los Rios RiverRunners

Term: 2015 - 2022

Peggy Nelson

retired judge

Liliana Castillo

CAVU

Nicola Ulibarri

University of California - Irvine

Gordon Jacober

retired land manager

Eleanor Bravo

retired conservationist

Jeremy Vesbach

Western Resource Advocates

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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