Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and public health within Navajo and Hopi communities.
Today, BMWC is a leader in energy justice issues, restorative economies, and climate justice advocacy in the Southwest and around the country. True to their roots, BMWC's work is focused on the Black Mesa region. However, because of the region’s role as a "linchpin" for the energy infrastructure of the southwest, the potential impacts of BMWC's work spans across the Navajo Nation, the southwest, and the country.
One of BMWC’s projects is the Navajo Wool Improvement Project. Aimed at building local capacity to improve the quality of wool production and to elevate access to a fair market value for Navajo wool producers, the project works to organize the Spring Wool Buy, teach proper shearing techniques and breeding practices, and offer workshops and opportunities to train locals on wool grading, sorting, cleaning and bagging.