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Deschamp position on Drugs
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Marrie Lee Soules is behind us us on the water grab issue. A vote for her will support our position.

Marrie Lee's website here

"Water is the most precious resource we have. Global warming is real and here in New Mexico, we have directly witnessed the ramifications of climate change; droughts, extreme change in weather patterns, wildfires and much more. The privatization of water in the Magdalena and the Augustine Plains is of deep concern as a state and at the national level. I strongly believe that it is the job of government to protect public concern and, regarding water rights, we need to have a more responsible and comprehensive approach to water laws and global warming. It is the shared interest of the government and the public alike to ensure our water resources are protected for the integrity of our future. I encourage activists to continue the fight and as the next New Mexican Congressional Member, I will fight with and for you."

Article in Sept 1, 2016 Chieftain
Soules talks business, water and education

Scorching Hot Southwest Is Climate
Change In Action
GeoMAC - Real time fire maps
(click NM and scroll in)
NM Weather alerts Socorro click here

New Mexico Fire Alerts
Fire restrictions and closures
Magdalena Smoke Monitoring
(Select date to view data)


June 16, 2016 - Plans reveal sobering water future - Laura Paskus - New Mexico In Depth - May 26, 2016

April 21, 2016 - comments on Tom Blane talk  

Speaker is Tom Blaine - NM State Engineer

Part 1: Basic history of water rights (6 min.) 
Part 2: Augustin Plains water (12 min)
Part 3: Audience questions (18 min)

San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)

San Augustin LLC website

Water Grabbing Information (Wiki)  

New Mexico Environmental Law Center  
OR e-mail
1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5
Santa Fe NM 87505

Protect New Mexico
Follows NM Environment Legislation


NM Legislature document search on APR.
Click here

2012- Groundwater, Economic, and Legal
Analysis of a Proposed Diversion from
the San Agustin Basin of NM
Click here  

November 30 2015 -
Speech by APR CEO Michel Jichlinksi in 2013 to the Drought Sub-committee in Las Cruces -
- Jichlinski Report to the Drought Committee 
- Jichlinski APR project - "private-public partnership".pdf
- SWAC report to the Sub-Committee

2003 - Ground water law source book in western states  


May 2013 - Scientific American - Aquifers May Be Latest Casualty of Drought

U.S. water aquifer levels have been dropping at an accelerating rate for decades

2015 - Groundwater Challenges of the Lower Rio Grande: A Case Study of Legal Issues in Texas and New Mexico. Click here  

Feb. 7, 2016 - New geological report on the APR water. Click here

The Global Water Grab: A Primer  

Groundwater, Economic, and Legal Analysis of a Proposed Diversion from the San Augustin Basin of New Mexico. By - David J. Reese 2011  

NM Conference report in 2010 at Corbett Center: Water needs for the next decade - 2010

Ground water challenges of the lower Rio Grande: A case study of legal issues in TX and NM - Elizabeth Wheat Oct 2014

Interbasin transfer projects: Impacts on communities and ecosystems - Bruce Thomson- UNM 2010

1972 - HYDROGEOLOGY OF THE SAN AUGUSTIN PLAINS, NEW MEXICO An Independent Study Submitted In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geology (approx May 1973  Click here  


2006 case studies: Right of way uses other than original intent.  

1990 - Mellon v Southern Pacific and MCI-right of way


Water fight continues; Neutral hydrogeologist weighs in..."The study, based on an analysis of existing data, groundwater models and data from three of EP's seven test wells, con-cluded that if the EP project continued pumping more than 1.8 billion gallons of water annually from the Middle Trinity Aquifer, local Well owners would see a negative impact on their residential wells."





[NEW/ October 18, 2016 -
Next week (26th) Water and Natural Resources Committee Agenda and Map

WNR Committee website   Note please that the location is Ballroom B on the third floor in the Fidel Center

There's a Global Crisis Looming: By 2030, Four Out of 10 People Won’t Have Access to Water.   

October 13, 2016 - Augustin Plains Ranch Q and A (Chieftain story)

Protesting Ranche Water Application - letter to the editor by Emily Johnson  

October 12, 2016 - The Water and Natural Resources Meeting on Wed. Oct. 26th
The APR Presentation will be at 2:30
The San Augustin Plains presentation is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Socorro.

So it’s still undecided whether public comment will be received at the meeting. We should know on Friday when the final agenda is posted on the committee website.

A message from Eileen Dodds stated:
SAWC is on the agenda for W&NR in Socorro.

[NEW] October 7, 2016 - KNME on APR project. New Mexico in Focus program:
YouTube website   
Or download the video MP4 format

UPDATE: Related information referred in the video -
Wild Earth Guardians  

Sept 30, 2016 - Environmental group ask state to deny firm’s request for water permit (SF New Mexican)  

August 17, 2016 - New Mexico official clears way for hearing on water proposal (SF New Mexican)  

Former politicians in the video::
Dan Foley in the panel discussion      
Joe Stell Named in the discussion 

[NEW] October 6, 2016 - Looming megadroughts in western US would make current drought look minor:
Warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean if more isn’t done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years could blight western states, study says... Full article here or download here  
Related: Above article based on this full report:
Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and
precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in
the American Southwest.pdf

[NEW] Octobber 6, 2016 -
The meeting of the Interim Legislative Committee on Water and Natural Resources will be held in Socorro on October 26 at New Mexico Tech. I don’t have a time yet, but probably it will be afternoon. I’ll let you know about that as soon as I know. The Augustin Plains will be on the agenda and we will be allowed to speak at the meeting, so think about what you might like to tell the committee.

This is very good news. If you want to call and thank Don Tripp, that would be very nice (or email him):
phone 575-835-2461 or 1-800-256-1569

Energy-Water Nexus -

Water and energy are inextricably linked and mutually dependent, with each affecting the other’s availability. Water is needed for energy development and generation, and energy is required to supply, use, and treat drinking water and wastewater. Water and energy are also essential to our health, quality of life, and economic growth, and demand for both these resources continues to rise. GAO Report  

The FULL APR application is available below which contains all the exhibits, etc.., It is extremely important to review it. Basically they are going to take our water, destroy the ecosystem and leave us with sinking land and a desert. Meanwhile, sell the water, what is left, back to us.   April 28, 2016 APR Full 168 page application   

September 30, 2016 -
Below find the visuals used in the presentation by Dennis Inman in Magdalena September 28th in 3 different formats:
Power Point.ppt
Power Point Show.ppsx  (This should open a window. Use space bar or arrow keys to move through the show and ESC key to exit.)

Forced capping of private and community wells - a Nevada issue that may appear in New Mexico

September 28, 2019 -

-  APR presentation dated October 2013  

-  Magdalena Village resolution re: APR  

APR Application dated April 28, 2016 and published in the newpapers September 2016. OR Click here for the FULL application sent to the State Engineeer Office .

-  APR Court actions updated to Sept 22, 2016  

-  Water Articles Written for Members of th NM
State Legislature and the Public 2015

September 27, 2016 - Committee on Water and Natural Resources canceled the Friday Sept 30 meeting and will use the same agenda October 26th - more details later.

Sept 23, 2016 - If APR doesn't get the water, beware the likes of Nestle  

September 20, 2016 - (9/26/16 - Friday meeting canceled)
The Legislative Interim Committee on Water and Natural Resources will meet in Socorro Sept 29-30 and the Augustin Plains Ranch project is on the agenda. The agenda is attached. If you can attend it will let the committee know that we are serious about our opposition. We should let the committee know that!

The location of the meeting appears at the top of the agenda. Below is a map showing the way to the Fidel Center where the meeting will be. If you'd like to car pool please call me at 575-772-5866.
I suggest that we go on the second day, September 30.

Click here for agenda .

Below is the 2012 press release from the State Engineer office rejection of the application back then. It has the reasons for rejection and who protested it.
April 2, 2012 - State Engineer press release on rejection of Application  

From Carol Pittman, leading the fight:

The Augustin Plains Ranch LLC has published the
legal notice of its “new” application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin. The notice is below, hopefully in a form readable by most humans. Note that the RG filing number is the same, indicating that this is the same application as before, with a few tweaks.

To protest the “new application” by the APR to mine water in our Augustin Plains basin: if you have a well that will be impaired, be sure to stress that circumstance. ALSO – include in your protest that this application is contrary to conservation of water and public welfare, but be sure that you include any impairment to your own well if that is the case. Anybody who lives or owns property in the vicinity of the Augustin Plains basin will be impaired, if not immediately, then within the foreseeable future, and it is important to note that.

Note: Send three copies of your letter (as required in the legal notice).

If you have previously protested, when you send your letter please add at the bottom:

The reason for that last line is that the Office of the State Engineer has told me that they will eliminate duplicate protests, and we are protesting this application partly on the basis of public welfare in order to qualify every protestant as someone who is directly impacted by the project. The OSE has a tendency to throw out letters of protest if that office decides that your water supply is not directly impacted. We want to change that for obvious reasons.

For updates on the progress of this application, please see the website San Augustin Water Report.

To all of you a BIG THANK YOU for all the years you have stuck with this effort. We can’t quit now!!!

APR Application.pdf
Sample short letter .txt or .doc
Sample long letter  .txt  or  .doc
The press release form Carol Pittman.pdf

Also, Democracy Now! had an interview with the attorney representing 15 farmers in Iowa protesting "Eminent Domain" use by a private company to force farmers to submit to the pipeline thorough their land. It is possible eminent domain might be used by APR to force the taking of our water. Read the interview here.pdf

August 26: Chieftain articles
Water War  
County may protest Augustin Plains application

August 23 update:
Associated Press release
It appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican and other papers around the country:

NM Environmental Law Center comment on the press release:

Doug Meiklejohn, an attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, said the latest application by the developers does not include any specifics about who the actual water users would be and only mentions that cities such as Albuquerque and Rio Rancho are in the market for more water rights.

"It appears that the application suffers from the same lack of end user that was the basis for us getting it dismissed the first time," he said. "You can't speculate in water in New Mexico. It's illegal." Santa Fe New Mexican.
Download comment here  

August 16, 2016 updates:
Propaganda "news releases" have gone out prior to what will be a new application to move the water from the APR.

Here is one release    
Related to this is another release - A Proposal for Rainwater Harvesting Gains Momentum in NM  

The PR firm is The Waite Company   Watch your local papers. Waite also works for the NM Rural Water Association  

090214 - Cornell report: US SW May face mega drought this century  

Drought Monitor   Drought Monitor for NM  

Click here for APR web page

June 16, 2016 - Plans reveal sobering water future - Laura Paskus - New Mexico In Depth - May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 -
A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace. Website here or PDF version here

2016 study: Public Information and Regulatory Processes: What the Public Knows and Regulators Decide - A study published in Review of Policy Research looks at rulemaking in five states, including the role of citizen input.
Abstract here
Full report here

April 30 - 15 new documents related to the P3 issue are on the P3 web page. click here

April 21, 2016 -
Chieftain article on the annual meeting  

How Much Groundwater Does the West have?, Simplified (video)

A notice from NM Environmental Law Center: The APR will be re-applying for drilling permits any day now and please keep an eye on legal notices in your papers. If you see a notice, notify us with name of paper and date and CC: the NMELC to make sure it reaches the right people.
The Cynic:

APR may have a partner in Aquifer Science, LLC. If anybody has information on the relationship with this company, please let us know.
NM business registration here.
Nevada registration here

Other Aquifer information:
- State turns down water bid for East Mountain development
- April 2011 - Aquifer Science, a partnership between Campbell Ranch and Vidler Water
Company, is applying to the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) for a permit to pump 1500 acre feet of water from the Sandia Basin each year.
Click here 

Tied into this is Vidler New Mexico, LLC
Registration information click here

Feb. 7, 2016 - New geological report on the APR water. Click here

June 2013 - NM Farmers Selling Water to Oil and Gas Industry  

Jan 20, 2016 - Are NM Legislators Quietly Pushing the San Augustin Plains Ranch (APR) Water Deal? Who is the APR lobbyist - Click here    The story references this article from News Week here    or here 

2014 SB007 - RELATING TO WATER; Requiring additional procedures in the application process for the diversion and use of water from the basin of origin for use outside that basin: providing for exceptions.  Click Here
Related: Inter-basin Water Transfers
Related website: UNM "Water Matters"  

January 13 - From the Green Fire Times: 
“Return of New Mexico’s most highly contested water grab. The Office of the State Engineer is considering a third application from Italian billionaire Bruno Modena to speculatively appropriate more than 17 billion gallons of water every year – more than half of what Albuquerque used in 2013. The billionaire has already pulled his first two applications, but we’ll have to see if the third time’s the charm under State Engineer Tom Blaine. The NMELC   will continue to represent nearly 100 residents of west-central New Mexico in their bid to keep water in the public trust in this hugely important water case.”

If you feel inclined to do so, please let NMELC know how much we appreciate their efforts to stop the water grab, efforts that so far have been successful.

November 12 - we "won" the court case. The original 2008 application rejected by the state engineer stands. Albuquerque Channel 7, KOAT, was there with video and interviews.
Click here for article and video

The issue from the NM Environmental Law Center: :
The New York-based company seeks to pump 54,000 acre-feet of water annually through thirty-seven 20” wells. The Law Center represents approx. 80 individuals and organizations in this case; our clients are concerned about the impacts of pumping on their water, on wildlife, springs, and on the Rio Grande and Gila Rivers, which are hydrologically connected to the San Augustin Plains—and which is the last undammed river in the Southwest.

Rest of the legal story here

Judge stands by ruling on water use

More Water Grab News Here >>






[NEW] September 13, 2016 -
Five ways you are subdizing meat production.
With traps, snares, poisons, gas, and aerial gunning, the USDA’s Wildlife Services has killed more than 34 million animals in the last decade to protect the livestock operations of private meat producers, according to official records. The take in 2015 alone included 68,905 coyotes, 731 bobcats, 480 bears, 385 wolves, and 284 mountain lions. More >  

[NEW] September 13, 2016 -
Scientific Study Warns of "Catastrophic Declines" in Earth's Wilderness

Sept 8, 2016 - Slaughtering the Profanity Pack: Losing Wolves and Academic Freedom   

Aug 26, 2016 -
For More Wonder, Rewild The world

August 24, 2016 - News on the City of Socorro feasibility study for municipally-owned electric utility. Meanwhile:

RFI for Wholesale Electric Power Supply

RFP for City of Socorro Municipal Electric Facilities Design.

NEW Sept 8, 2016 -
In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

August 7, 2016 - Official: Wolf issues resolved (Chieftain)

August 28, 2016 -
For More Wonder, Rewild The world (video)

2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

July 18 Cibola forest plan was released today - Click "Cibola" above for documents that related to Magdalena area.

Mark your calendars and try and attend one of these meetings!When: July 26, 5:30 - 8 pm
Magdalena High School, 201 Duggins Dr, Magdalena

Cibola Forest press release  
The 1985 forest plan to be revised  

The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. .... (there is) an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands. Rest or the story here

July 11, 2016 - Federal Investigation: Wolf Program Mishandled (Abq. Journal)
" Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agriculture report".  
 Synopsis of the report  

June 16, 2016 - Judge temporarily stops wolf

June 16, 2016 - Keep politics out of wolf release

May 14, 2016 - (ABQ Journal)
State seeking to stop release of wolves

May 5, 2016 - Sheriff may try to stop wolves’ release in Socorro County - Chieftain

Important Survey:
The NM Department of Information Technology is soliciting your assistance in identifying those areas within NM having inadequate broadband service. As you all know Internet service in our area is poor.   Please take the speed test which will be logged by the Department as part of a survey. Conduct the test frequently at different times and days, at this website:

April 21, 2016 -
Chieftain article on the annual meeting  

More Electric Co-op news here >>


September 13, 2016 -
Scientific Study Warns of "Catastrophic Declines" in Earth's Wilderness

2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
Summary version

February 6, 2016 -
The Battle to Save NM's Last Wild River  

January 12, 2026 - Department of the Interior and NM Central AZ Project Entity Sign Agreement to Further Evaluate a Gila River Water Project

2013 - Assessment of Climate Change
in the Southwest United States Click here

1968 - Public Law 90-537 - 90th Congress, S. 1004 - September 30, 1968:
Colorado River Basin Project: Objectives  

More Gila information here
More Cibola information here

With traps, snares, poisons, gas, and aerial gunning, the USDA’s Wildlife Services has killed more than 34 million animals in the last decade to protect the livestock operations of private meat producers, according to official records. The take in 2015 alone included 68,905 coyotes, 731 bobcats, 480 bears, 385 wolves, and 284 mountain lions.

Socorro County Commission voted unanimously to ban release in the county. This decision has no legal standing. Wolf release is a federal issue. .

Nov 26 - Let wolf lovers raise wolves  

Nov 18 -
Wildlife folks were missing

Channel 7 Commission meeting video   

November 13 -
OR wolves delisted, but the protection remains  

November 11 -
County Passes Wolf Ordinance

November 10 - Oregon Wolves Lose Endangered Species Protections
Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife  

Jan 16, 2015 - Wolf release ruling

>> More on Wolf Release


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