Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management
The Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management (CEHMM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity in the State of New Mexico.
Since its inception, CEHMM has identified and pursued applied research projects that have nation-wide impact and are innovative, meaningful, and practical. CEHMM has created a wide range of cutting edge research programs, including developing technology for using algae as a feedstock for biofuels and co-products, biomonitoring for the avian influenza and West Nile viruses, and cooperative conservation of species listed as warranted but precluded on the federal endangered species list.
The purpose of the CEHMM projects is to work toward practical solutions to issues that affect both human health and the environment. The projects serve the community, the region, and the state through educational outreach, job creation, and research leading to resolution of important technical and environmental challenges. CEHMM has had swift advances in these projects due to the varied talents of the CEHMM staff and directors, and the organization’s success in developing strong partnerships with universities, national laboratories, government entities, and private industry.
Conservation Project: CEHMM has long-standing partnerships with the BLM and USFWS on a variety of conservation efforts. Collaborations have enabled CEHMM to perform work in the areas of wildlife water replacement, archaeological mitigation in southeast NM to include excavation and data collection, dunes sagebrush lizard surveys and habitat improvement, and lesser prairie-chicken surveys and habitat improvement. For several years, CEHMM, BLM, and USFWS worked together to develop a Candidate Conservation Agreement to set up a mechanism to conserve lesser prairie-chicken and dunes sagebrush lizard habitats while the species are still in candidate status. Landmark legal agreements were signed by federal and state authorities on December 8, 2008. These agreements are providing demonstrable results in support of this undertaking. These programs rely on donor contributions for continued success.