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WATER LINKS

San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)
New Mexico Environmental Law Center

NM Water & Natural Resouces
Comm.
San Augustin LLC website
Water Grabbing (Wiki)  

NM Environmental Law Center is supplying an attorney, Doug Meiklejohn, to fight the water grab.  Click here

Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas  

list and link to NM Water Resource Projects over the last 15 years
NM Water Resources Research Inst.  

Contra Santolina - 2015 Report: coalition of organizations opposing the Santolina development in Albuquerque  

La Jicarita - NM Enviro. news  
NM Environmental Law Center  
NM Conservation votes website  
State engineer website
Sustainable research center  

IDE - A private consultancy firm - watch for conflicts of interest. Click here

November 4, 2016 -
Officials listen to water concerns.
More than 80 ranchers and concerned citizens ... (attended) a meeting by the Interim Legislative Committee for Water and Natural Resources to discuss the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR) plan...

More in The Chieftain  

Song about Augustine Plains  

Videos from the October 26 meeting of WNRC:

- Video 1 of 12 - Chris Lindeen, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the State Engineer (OSE) and Brett Bruton - local rancher  

- Video 2 of 12 - Henry Edwards - local rancher  

- Video 3 of 12 - Anita Hand, Catron County Commissioner

WNRC Comments and questions

- Video 4 of 12
- Video 5 of 12
- Video 6 of 12
- Video 7 of 12
- Video 8 of 12
- Video 9 of 12
- Video 10 of 12
- Video 11 of 12
- Video 12 of 12  

Watch the 2nd district debate between Steve Pearce and Merrie Lee Soules here:

GEOLOGICAL AND WATER REPORTS

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  


LEGAL AND TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

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  


OUT OF REGION CASE STUDIES

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

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


OUT OF REGION MEDIA STORIES

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."


GEOLOGICAL AND WATER REPORTS

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  

 

 

2016 - DECEMBER THROUGH AUGUST

December 30, 2016 - ALEC's Little Brother, ACCE, Has Big Plans for 2017 - Influencing local government  
TruthOut  

December 23, 2016 - Indian Power - New Mexico tribes catapult into politics and join the state's water tug-of-war.  (April 2003 - scroll down) High Country News 

December 19, 2016 -
Intent of the Office of the State Engineer -  
What is the intent of the Office of the State Engineer when it comes to dealing with large water withdrawals from one basin to another (inter-basin transfers)? This is a question that is on minds of the residents of the Plains of San Augustin. The notion that the transferring of water from one location to another so that that one group of people can live and prosper at the expense of another group of people is flawed thinking, to many of the rural residents in New Mexico. The Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC application for 54,000 acre feet of water annually from the Plains of San Augustin is just such a plan. And if this application is granted by the State Engineer; why wouldn't another application from this location, not be granted? Is it the intent to drain the Plains of San Augustin so that the current residents have to move somewhere else?

This brings up the question of impairment to existing wells and water rights. If rich people with political connections and influence can sway the State Engineer and his office to grant these transfers at the expense of people in rural areas and cause financial difficulties as well as drain their aquifer is this not impairment? This is something that is not supposed to happen under state statutes. When and if the LLC gets their request and the project goes forward, it is not just a matter of the local rancher and other current residents in the basin to deepen their wells. This is matter of drilling new wells to a depth of 2,000 feet to compete with the LLC's wells. This would place a financial hardship on these folks and bankrupt many others, as they do not have the financial resources that the LLC has. Is this type of activity really in the states best interest? Why would they want to harm or alienate one group of people in favor of another?

The Plains of San Augustin are already feeling the effects of a prolong draught and the existing pumping of water under the state's permit system. There are wells in the southwestern part of the plains that are showing signs of decline. With the groundwater gradient flow for the whole basin toward the southwest and the Continental Divide this does not bode well for the Gila and San Francisco Rivers which have been adjudicated under the Arizona Water Settlement Act (AWSA). This application has the potential to decrease the amount of available water to the aforementioned rivers which opens the State up for yet another water law suit. The basin is leaking groundwater at such a rate that annual rain and snow fall is NOT recharging the basin sufficiently.

So why is this application still going forward? Is there an agenda that we are unaware of, or is it just incompetence on the State's part, that 10 years later we are still dealing with this screwball application?
Dennis Inman - Geologist.
Download the commentary

December 19, 2016 -
Intent of the Office of the State Engineer -  
What is the intent of the Office of the State Engineer when it comes to dealing with large water withdrawals from one basin to another (inter-basin transfers)?
Commentary by Dennis Inman - Geologist

Indian Power - New Mexico tribes catapult into politics and join the state's water tug-of-war.  (April 2003)
High Country News 

December 7, 2016 -
Two books that may be of interest re: APR issue …
Land Grants & Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico by Malcolm Ebright, 2008 edition
(Southwest books - Center for land grant studies

Land, Water & Culture: New Perspectives on Hispanic Land Grants, - Briggs, 1987 (Amazon link)

Below are several pertinent articles reference in the Ebright work, from the Journal of the Southwest, Autumn, 1990. They go with this excerpt....

Generally, ancient Hispanic practices as to the location and boundaries of land grants, water rights, do not conform and have not conformed to Anglo-American standards for legal descriptions...as a result...
Absolute title with the right to sell water is an Anglo concept imposed on New Mexico water users fairly recently, and like the imposition of a partition suit, it will inevitably lead to the loss of water rights, just as the partition suit resulted in the loss of common lands. Communal control of irrigation water by acequia associations has helped the communities that use those resources to survive, but with privatization both water rights and the communities themselves are in jeopardy...." - Frances Levine in "Dividing the Water,"

Attached are the full text of articles from the Autumn issue of Journal of the Southwest that may be of use giving some legal and common law background behind some of these water fights....
Dividing the water.pdf
Dancing for Water.pdf
Acequia Rights Law and Tradition.pdf

The entire Autumn, 1990 issue of Journal of the Southwest was devoted to Water Rights in New Mexico. (Three examples below) Of course, there are many other studies, some more recent, but the back-grounding in the issues were adjudicated in the courts of the last 60-70 years....

Land, Water, and Pueblo-Hispanic Relations in Northern New Mexico - Autumn 1990 -Quantana  

Applied Research on Land and Water in New Mexico: A Critique - Autumn 1900 - Rodriguez   

"A Never-ending source of Water: Agriculture, Society, and Aquifer Deletion on the Coast of Hermosillo, Snorooa - Winter 2012 - Moreno   

In researching the subject documents it's important to make a distinction between water law, water rights, surface water and groundwater.

The term acquifer[s] is not useful because most of the hydrological studies that refer to acquifers do so in terms of groundwater vs. surface water. There is an additional problem because while everyone knows that surface waters are related to rivers and groundwater basins, the knowledge of groundwater.

Sources are often highly technical in its exact relationship. Claims about recharging groundwater resources periodically, or about depleting such resources … torture the definitions of water rights on the surface and their relationship to groundwater basins and the connection of those groundwater resources to flowing rivers. The geologic fact of the course of the Rio Grande through New Mexico has also made arguments about urban growth and water resource management highly political....and stretched the concepts around common lands and resources....
2 articles below are representative about the issues and case law
Of course the APR issue is "privatization" of something underground that can be attached or sold off like a separate mineral resource and detached from or attached to the concept of private property. That may mean that they can put the resource into a deed of conveyance, but the issue of adjudicating the true ownership of the same resource in a court of law is often technical and highly flawed when it comes to politicians, judges, and state agencies such as the New Mexico State Engineer....having been captured by corporate interests....

The issues about whether the community, smaller or larger, has rights to manage the use of groundwater resources have not recently been accorded priority when stood up against private property concepts.

From the Chicago-Kent College of Law Scholarly Commons @ IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law ...
Water Supply and Urban Growth in NM - Same old same old, or a new era - March 1, 2003
 

Transboundary Aquifers: Conceptual Models for Development of International Law - Ground Water 43 No.5 – Eckstein

The commentary above can be downloaded here  

References:
Journal of the Southwest
(wiki)
Journal of the Southwest website  

Focusing on P3 in the context of the Plains water project is like complaining that the mugger who slugged me and stole my wallet had dirty fingernails. It is not the subject of primary concern. .

Reviewing SB0077 (1) … (the legislation) includes both surface and underground water.
I see that it adds a few requirements to those already required to be addressed by the OSE. However, I don't see that it presents special hurdles to the APR, and it also lacks detail in some areas:

(9) whether the entity in the receiving basin has prepared and implemented a drought contingency plan and an approved water conservation plan;

Approved by whom?

(3) benefits presently and prospectively derived from the return flow of water used within the basin of
origin that will be eliminated by the proposed out-of-basin use;

What is return flow? Return from where?

(11) whether the source of supply can reliably sustain the diversion's anticipated firm yield considering the
predicted effects of climate change on precipitation patterns and temperature in the basin of origin.

The APR, despite its greenwashing about capturing surface water for recharging the aquifer, admits that there is negligible natural recharge and has presented no evidence that it can achieve artificial recharge. It claims that irrespective of such activity (and thus of climate-associated changes to precipitation patterns) the water reservoir underlying the Plains contains 300 years' worth of pumping at the stated rate. So all it has to do to meet condition 11) is abandon the flimsy pretense that it will do any recharging.
Finally, if I were the APR, I'd guarantee Plains residents an ample supply of water at a nominal rate. My money's being made from the Valley communities, especially once they're dependent on "my" water to sustain the overdevelopment that its consumption permits. I see no problem doling out a few hundred acre-feet to keep the locals happy.

So what are you prepared to do when the APR makes this guarantee: never mind about your wells; we'll meet your water needs!

First, do you object to this situation? If not, where's the problem?

Second: if you do object to it, what in any existing or proposed water law gives you any legal ground to prevent it? I really think you ought to answer both of these questions. If you can't, this legislation business just invites pettifoggery on both sides by evading the real issue.

Happily, I don't see how the APR can expect to overcome the objection that wrecked their previous proposal: they have no end user and are merely speculating.
(1) Links to SB 77 - NM SB 77 link to NM.gov
  or
Inter Basin Water Transfer Senate bill 2014  

Jim Nelson - Magdalena

Download the above commentary  

December 6, 2016 -
Focusing on P3 in the context of the Plains water project is like complaining that the mugger who slugged me and stole my wallet had dirty fingernails. It is not the subject of primary concern.

Reviewing SB0077 (1) … (the legislation) includes both surface and underground water.
I see that it adds a few requirements to those already required to be addressed by the OSE. However, I don't see that it presents special hurdles to the APR, and it also lacks detail in some areas:

(9) whether the entity in the receiving basin has prepared and implemented a drought contingency plan and an approved water conservation plan;

Approved by whom?

(3) benefits presently and prospectively derived from the return flow of water used within the basin of
origin that will be eliminated by the proposed out-of-basin use;

What is return flow? Return from where?

(11) whether the source of supply can reliably sustain the diversion's anticipated firm yield considering the
predicted effects of climate change on precipitation patterns and temperature in the basin of origin.

The APR, despite its greenwashing about capturing surface water for recharging the aquifer, admits that there is negligible natural recharge and has presented no evidence that it can achieve artificial recharge. It claims that irrespective of such activity (and thus of climate-associated changes to precipitation patterns) the water reservoir underlying the Plains contains 300 years' worth of pumping at the stated rate. So all it has to do to meet condition 11) is abandon the flimsy pretense that it will do any recharging.
Finally, if I were the APR, I'd guarantee Plains residents an ample supply of water at a nominal rate. My money's being made from the Valley communities, especially once they're dependent on "my" water to sustain the overdevelopment that its consumption permits. I see no problem doling out a few hundred acre-feet to keep the locals happy.

So what are you prepared to do when the APR makes this guarantee: never mind about your wells; we'll meet your water needs!

First, do you object to this situation? If not, where's the problem?

Second: if you do object to it, what in any existing or proposed water law gives you any legal ground to prevent it? I really think you ought to answer both of these questions. If you can't, this legislation business just invites pettifoggery on both sides by evading the real issue.

Happily, I don't see how the APR can expect to overcome the objection that wrecked their previous proposal: they have no end user and are merely speculating.
(1) Links to SB 77 - NM SB 77 link to NM.gov
  or
Inter Basin Water Transfer Senate bill 2014  

Jim Nelson - Magdalena

Download the above commentary  

November 27, 2016 -
ALEC, is deeply imbeded in NM politics .... "Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good. The Masters of Mankind want us to become the "stupid nation," in the interests of their short-term gain -- damn the consequences."   Alternet Part 1    Part 2  

November 22, 2016 - P3 in Canada - Guardian

November 20, 2016 -
As you know, the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR LLC) has published its amended application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin basin. Despite the fact that we already beat this proposal, State Engineer Blaine has apparently given the Ranch's illegal proposal another shot. Unfortunately, this proceeding probably won't be like the last one - the Ranch has asked for a technical hearing .

You may remember that when we began this fight, we were told that we might have to hire a hydrologist. That day has come.

Here is why it is so important that our side has its own scientific expert: APR has commissioned a study that shows that pumping 54000 acre-feet/year will not affect our wells. You and I know that this is patent nonsense. However, as you may guess, the State Engineer and the courts will place little value on our gut reactions. Instead, they will be swayed by the testimony of hydrologists … which means that we need a hydrologist. And while we do not agree that this is right or fair, it is the reality we must deal with.
More detail click here:

November 4, 2016 -
Officials listen to water concerns.
More than 80 ranchers and concerned citizens ... (attended) a meeting by the Interim Legislative Committee for Water and Natural Resources to discuss the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR) plan...More here  

October 27, 2016 -
Report on October 26, 2016 Water and Natural Resources commission, APR testimony. By Carol Pittman  

Related: SB0077 - Inter Basin Water Transfer Senate bill 2014  

SB-248 - Requiring the Interstate Stream Commission to Fully Fund the Grant County Regional Water Supply from the New Mexico Unit Fund.

October 27, 2016 -
People need to oppose water grab - Chieftain

Web sites of interest:
The 2001 Legislature enacted the Water Project Finance Act which created the Water Project Fund in the NMFA and charged the NMFA with the administration of the Fund and the Water Trust Board. Click here

USGS Water Resources in NM click here
USGS water-resource projects in NM click here  

Current Water P3 Market and US EPA Activities - Seattle, April 21-22, 2016 - Report  

Aquifer Compaction, Recovery in Albuquerque Basin - 1 page report

Ground water level data for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.  - 1 page report  

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

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

WNR Committee website  

October 13, 2016 -
APR Q&A published in the Chieftain

October 13, 2061 - Protesting Ranche's Water Application - letter to the editor by Emily Johnson

October 12, 2016 - The Water and Natural Resources Meeting on Wed. Oct. 26th

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.

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 

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

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
email: trippsdon@netscape.net

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   

 

 
2016 - JANUARY THROUGH SEPTEMBER

September 30, 2016 -
Below find the visuals used in the presentation by Dennis Inman in Magdalena September 28th in 3 different formats: PDF - 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, 2016 -

-  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.

September 26 - Court case on motion to Dismiss and Remand rescheduled for November 12th - Notice attached here  
Court case history here  


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

September 20, 2016 -
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 .
Click here for the above announcement  


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  

Sept 8, 2016 - NEW APPLICATION FILED -
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:
PLEASE ADD THESE COMMENTS TO MY PREVIOUS LETTER OF PROTEST TO THIS PROJECT

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 eminent

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

Sept 3, 2015 - current court case information: Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC v. Scott A. Verhines, P.E.

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  

September 2, 2014 - Cornell report: US SW May face mega drought this century  

Drought Monitor   Drought Monitor for NM  

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: thecynic@informedcynic.com
NMELC: nmelc@nmelc.org

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
 

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  

April 21, 2016 - comments on Tom Blane talk  

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: thecynic@informedcynic.com
NMELC: nmelc@nmelc.org

SAWC MEETING VIDEOS

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 (18min)


Nov 2014 - Private Sector an Oasis for Thirsty San Antonio  

Relatated to San Antonio:
Day of Reckoning ... San Antonio Water P3

San Antonio Cuts Off Water Pipeline Proposals

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

Contra Santolina is a a coalition of organizations opposed to the Santolina Master Plan because it poses a long-term threat to the vitality of our communities, many of whom depend on water for their livelihood and existence. Website here  

Feb 8, 2016 - Water Privatizers Have Their Eye on Flint’s Lead Crisis - To disaster capitalist, Flint’s sick children present an opportunity for privatization and profit
Click here 

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

Corporations, investors 'grabbing' land and water
overseas
Click here

As competition for clean water grows, some of the world's biggest companies have joined forces to create unprecedented maps of the precious resource that flows beneath our feet. Click here  

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