Give us a brief summary of the type of work you do or service you provide.
CEHMM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We have created a wide range of cutting-edge programs that work toward practical solutions to issues that affect both human health and the environment. These projects serve the community, the region, and the state through cooperative conservation, educational outreach, job creation, and research leading to resolution of important technical and environmental challenges.
CEHMM not only assists industry with permitting, environmental surveys, and reseeding, among other environmental services, but we are also the permit holders for the Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCA) and the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, and Texas Hornshell Mussel. Through its programs, CEHMM helps keep industry and ranchers on the ground working, while simultaneously implementing conservation for species.
How long have you been in business? Please share a brief history.
Organizations are born from ideas, and people make these ideas a reality. Community leaders of Carlsbad, New Mexico, had the idea for CEHMM. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a community success story that offers a solution for transuranic waste disposal. CEHMM built on this legacy of significant hazardous materials management expertise and expanded scientific research into new areas that would benefit the public and environment.
CEHMM was incorporated May 7, 2004, as a State of New Mexico non-profit corporation. Established as a not-for-profit scientific research organization and applied for and received a United States Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax exemption as a public charity.
Since its inception, CEHMM has identified and pursued applied research projects that have a nation-wide impact and are innovative, meaningful, and practical. CEHMM has created a wide range of cutting-edge programs, including developing technology for using algae as a feedstock for biofuels and co-products, biomonitoring for avian influenza and West Nile viruses, and cooperative conservation of species (i.e., Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, and Texas Hornshell Mussel) listed as warranted but precluded on the federal endangered species list.
What makes your business unique?
Our programs allow CEHMM to be the bridge that keeps industry and landowners on the ground working while simultaneously implementing on-the-ground conservation.
What aspect of this business are you most passionate about?
We are most passionate about our team’s knowledge, professionalism, and community mindedness. Our partnerships and our expansion of services to stay up to date with industries’ ever changing needs. CEHMM’s projects serve the community, the region, and the state through education, job creation, and research.
How do you stay involved in the community?
We participate in many community events and activities.
CEHMM has helped with Carlsbad’s annual Riverblitz, where the City of Carlsbad and community members come together to clean trash up in and around the Pecos River. We’ve volunteered for BLM’s National Public Lands Day, during which CEHMM has helped plant trees at the Cottonwood Day Use Area, built erosion control barriers at Ladder Hole, and planted trees at Six Mile Dam. CEHMM assists Inspired by Science with their summer STEM workshops. We also adopted a home and decorated it for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas on the Pecos. We also participate in numerous other educational opportunities through the universities, high school, elementary schools, and school camps.
In addition, CEHMM’s Executive Director participates regularly in Carlsbad’s Rotary Club, the Mayor’s Nuclear Task Force, and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Council, among others.
Tell us what makes your business unique compared to others in the same industry.
We are a small, local nonprofit organization that knows the area, has relationships with stakeholders, landowners, industry, and both state and federal governmental agencies. Our reputation of being fair, honest, ethical, knowledgeable, cost effective, personable, and efficient are a few attributes that make us a step above others.
Please feel free to share any other info you’d like to communicate to the community!
We are here to be the balance between the vital work that needs to be performed on the landscape and the conservation of the land for future generations.