Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster
Future Infrastructures: Water, Energy and Justice
Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium
The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) are individuals from central and southern New Mexico. They mostly reside or resided in Lincoln, Socorro, Otero, and Sierra counties, but can also include others outside of these parameters as well. They are known as “Downwinders” because of their location in relation to the Trinity nuclear test, which was conducted in the arid Jornada del Muerto desert. The Downwinders have experienced undue hardships in the years since Trinity because of the test’s radioactive fallout. The negative impacts include increased rates of cancer, other diseases that have caused financial and social stress, and death. While other regions in the US impacted by nuclear “testing” have received recognition and financial assistance, this has not been the case with those communities impacted by Trinity.
The Future Infrastructures Cluster has partnered with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) to support several of their current projects including:
I. The accumulation of documents legitimating the usage of water cisterns as important water infrastructures in the region in order to contest the National Cancer Institute’s claims that well water would have minimized damage from radiation from the Trinity nuclear attack on the region.
II. The publication of an article by TBDC founder Tina Cordova written for global-e.
III. The creation of an oral history video archive.