This week students met with Brian Shields and Swanie Morris, founders and directors of Amigos Bravos, a Taos-based nonprofit that has been protecting and restoring New Mexico rivers since 1988. Shields explained the long, arduous process of securing federal protection for the pristine 100,000-acre Valle Vidal land. He outlined the organization’s struggle to reform mining practices and revitalize the Red River, holding the Molycorp/Chevron mine operators accountable. And, he described strategies involved in pursuing one of the most celebrated victories for Amigos Bravos — the Los Alamos National Lab settlement, which is bringing about the clean-up of 400 highly toxic sites seeping into and polluting the Rio Grande in New Mexico. See the website to read their fascinating and inspiring stories.