Amigos Bravos (Taos, NM)


  • Name:Shannon Romeling
  • Title:Communications Assistant

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  • Organization Name:Amigos Bravos
  • Address:PO Box 238
    Taos, NM 87571
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:575-758-3874
  • Main fax:575-758-7345

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  • Mission:
  • Amigos Bravos is a well established and nationally recognized statewide water conservation organization. With offices in Taos and Albuquerque, a staff of 6, 20 core volunteers, and over 1600 members, Amigos Bravos’ mission is to return New Mexico’s rivers to drinkable quality wherever possible and to contact quality everywhere else; to see that natural flows are maintained and where those flows have been disrupted by human intervention to see that they are regulated to protect and reclaim the river ecosystem by approximating natural flows; to preserve and restore the native riparian and riverine biodiversity; to support the environmentally sound and sustainable traditional ways of life of indigenous cultures; and to ensure that environmental justice and social justice go hand-in-hand.

  • Overview:
  • Amigos Bravos is dedicated to restoring and preserving the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s waters, and is recognized nationally as a model for linking environmental protection with social equity principles. Amigos Bravos is nationally respected for developing innovative approaches to solving river and water issues and for our leadership in the effort to ensure that impacted communities – particularly Native nations and largely Hispanic land-based communities – have the technical knowledge and organizational capacity to defend the waters that sustain their societies and cultures.

    Our vision is of rivers so clear and clean we can bend to our knees, cup our hands, and drink directly from those waters without fear. This is the vision that was handed to us by Pueblo Indian and native Hispanic Elders at our first strategic planning session not long after our inception as an organization. That vision, which was a reality in northern New Mexico only one lifetime ago, requires the wisdom, knowledge, and participation of all New Mexicans in the effort to address social and political pressures poisoning our waters.

    Our areas of expertise and accomplishment include: broad-based advocacy campaigns; community organizing; the creation of effective socio-economically and culturally diverse coalitions; successful legal, regulatory, and legislative campaigns at the local, state, and federal level; community water quality monitoring programs; and, ecosystem restoration initiatives.

    Water will define New Mexico’s future and New Mexico’s waters are in crisis. It is a crisis caused by a combination of factors: 1) a misguided state government that promotes economic growth through weakening of safeguards -- placing human health and clean water at risk; 2) a sustained drought punctuated by extreme storm events; 3) unlimited growth regardless of water shortages; 4) watersheds degraded by overuse; and, 5) the gutting of the federal Clean Water Act.

    What Amigos Bravos is doing to to address those challenges: • We are building coalitions – often bringing people to the table who might not otherwise work together – to come up with creative and practical solutions to protect and restore New Mexico’s waters • We are stopping industry from dodging regulatory safeguards and we are holding industry accountable for polluting • We are holding government accountable to the regulations it is meant to uphold • We are interpreting regulatory and legal jargon for public and media understanding • We are organizing in communities to restore water and watersheds • We are providing Clean Water Act trainings and technical assistance to communities and environmental justice activists throughout the state (we are the Clean Water Act specialists in the state) • We are designing and organizing community water quality monitoring initiatives and trash cleanups along rivers • We are educating decision-makers (which is what industry does 24/7).

    Our work is guided by a strategic plan organized under three program goal areas: Restore Watershed Health, Hold Polluter Accountable, and Build Water Stewardship and Ethics for the Future.

    Protecting and Restoring Watershed Health, which is the subject of this proposal to the Lawrence Foundation, underlies all of our work and brings into focus the complex set of proactive and defensive initiatives that we must undertake simultaneously in order to further our mission. We must restore key functions of the watershed in ways that will help address the effects of climate change. At the same time, our task is to ensure that the protections that address environmental justice issues – such as the Clean Water Act – remain robust; where those protections have been eroded, we help develop mechanisms that provide a safety net. Protecting and Restoring Watershed Health provides an important venue for involving the public in both on-the-ground restoration efforts and in the political process.

    Amigos Bravos is the strongest public interest voice protecting and restoring New Mexico's waters.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1988, Amigos Bravos is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization with six staff in Taos and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and over 1600 members.

    Since our first victory in 1990, which saved the Guadalupe Mountains from all future mining activities, Amigos Bravos has not faltered in our commitment to protect New Mexico's precious waters and the communities that depend on them. Based in Taos, with an office in Albuquerque and a statewide mission, Amigos Bravos has grown into a well respected and nationally recognized river and water protection organization.

    Amigos Bravos’ programs and activities are developed through a collaborative process with our Board of Directors, Staff, and an Advisory Council of 40 constituents. This strategic planning process assures that Amigos Bravos remains close to its diverse constituency of land-based local communities, Native American tribes, and urban environments while linking those insights with expertise from a variety of professionals working on natural resources, legislative policy, science, health, and education, as well as with representatives from regional and national conservation organizations.

    Four of Our Major Accomplishments Include:

    1) Amigos Bravos was a leading organization behind the creation of the New Mexico Mining Act Network and has been instrumental in gaining what was the largest financial assurance bond for cleanup of a hardrock mine in the US (the Chevron/Molycorp mine is now beginning an $800 million superfund-mandated cleanup that will ultimately restore the “dead” Red River)

    2) Amigos Bravos is the fiscal agent and coordinator for the Coalition for the Valle Vidal, which successfully brought together over 400 businesses, local governments, Native Nations, and environmental organizations to permanently preserve, through an act of Congress, the 100,000 acre “Valley of Abundant Life” in northern New Mexico from coal-bed methane drilling (thus protecting the waters in two major upper watersheds)

    3) Amigos Bravos is the lead organization for a coalition that successfully settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit, against Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the US Department of Energy, for 65 years of toxic radioactive discharges that threaten the Rio Grande, the health and cultural practices of nearby Pueblo Nations, and the drinking supply of Santa Fe (the settlement mandates cleanup of over 400 dumpsites by 2016)

    4) Amigos Bravos led a successful eight-year effort to reintroduce river otters to
    New Mexico’s rivers and streams, (30+ otter are now living, playing, and
    reproducing in the upper Rio Grande watershed).

    Most of our projects, especially the larger ones, such as those listed above, are in process for many years before coming to fruition and continue to require continued stewardship over time; at the same time, and despite drastic downsizing in the wake of the financial crisis and fierce opposition to environmental regulation at the state level, we continue to successfully advance the water conservation agenda in a state that last year was ranked the 45th poorest in the nation. All of our work on behalf of New Mexico’s waters is done with the aim to protect and restore ecological health and biodiversity.

    Amigos Bravos collaborates with over 50 local, state, regional and national social and environmental justice organizations, coalitions and networks.

    Amigos Bravos has received numerous awards for building broad coalitions, developing innovative environmental solutions, and leading strong advocacy campaigns.

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:32
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:85-0363268

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:850363268
  • Organization Name:AMIGOS BRAVOS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 238
  • Organization City:TAOS
  • Organization State:NM
  • Organization Zip:87571-0238
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1989
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):354
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of scenic beauty
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$471,642
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$501,906
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$501,906
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:34:49 am

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