Land Office cleans up illegal dump in western New Mexico

View of woody material, debris, and trash dumped along the north rim and wall of the arroyo before clean-up.

BLUEWATER, N.M. (AP) – Officials say the State Land Office has cleaned up more than 2 tons of household trash and other debris from an illegal dump in western New Mexico.

Officials say a fence also has been constructed around the site near Bluewater in hopes of curbing dumping and trespass concerns.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says illegal dumping on state trust land in New Mexico is a major concern. He pointed to health hazards and the resources needed to clean up such messes.

Officials say anyone caught dumping could be charged with criminal trespass. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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