Las Cruces, NM – October 29, 2018 – The Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) has been active throughout the County, with public education efforts, volunteer cleanups and groundbreaking projects. This October, they took their efforts across the state to educate other communities on their efforts.
The 7th annual Boots on the Ground Conference—the summit that showcases the work the IDP has done in the communities they serve in Doña Ana County, and the work being done by like-minded volunteers and community groups—was hosted in Grants, New Mexico on October 24th. Hosting this year’s conference in a new location allows for the IDP to share their efforts with new parts of the state and specifically assist tribal chapters to promote environmental education and equip communities with tools, as well as provide insight on grant opportunities available, the knowledge to implement zero waste policies and to provide education on the “No Throw App.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to Grants for the opportunity to bring agencies and organizations together at the Boots on the Ground Conference,” said Vicki Lusk, Manager of Doña Ana County Animal Control & Codes. “At the conference, the IDP team provided information about how the IDP was formed and presented programs and materials and grant resources that the partnership has successfully developed and used to address the issue of illegal dumping in Doña Ana County. We had the unique opportunity to educate attendees representing counties, municipalities and tribal chapters on how these programs and efforts can be implemented in communities across the state.”
The conference brought together key leaders from areas across New Mexico, opening with a Welcome from Cibola County Manager, Kate Fletcher and a video welcome message from Senator Martin Heinrich. The conference was attended by elected officials, federal, state, city and county staff members, as well as by IDP partner organizations, Doña Ana County, Bureau of Land Management, and South Central Solid Waste Authority.
“The conference is a critical part of the IDP’s mission to educate, equip and inspire agencies, groups and individuals to take an active part in keeping Doña Ana County clean and reducing illegal dumping,” added Lusk. “It’s our sincere desire that communities across the state will begin implementing similar policies—or policies that are specific to their areas—to ensure a cleaner, brighter future for New Mexico.”
For more information on the IDP or to find out how you can help clean up communities around Doña Ana County, visit CleanupWithCarlos.org.
About IDP: The Doña Ana County Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) is a multi-agency task force founded to help combat illegal dumping throughout Doña Ana County. IDP is committed to increasing awareness and action needed to address the public health risks of illegally dumped materials and to improve the safety of all who live and work in Doña Ana County to keep our communities clean and beautiful. IDP is active in communities and schools throughout the County, providing public education to increase awareness about environmental responsibility and offering resources needed for community cleanup days.