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2012-2014 AUGUSTIN PLAINS WATER GRAB

WATER GRAB LINKS
San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)

San Augustin LLC website

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

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

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

GEOLOGICAL AND WATER REPORTS

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

 


2014 WATER GRAB NEWS

JPL/NASA Ground water study  

NM Governor Maftinez accused of "Wholesale disregard for the law"

December 11, 2014 -
Water grab application sent back (Chieftain)  

Water privitization not a good idea - (letter in Chieftain)

The Price of Thirst - a book report  

Dec 2, 2014 -
NM Agency seeks for details on water proposal - Albuquerque Journal
Or download .pdf file here.

Questioning Augustin Plains water grab
(letter to Chieftain)

Nov 20, 2014 - Questioning Augustin Plains water grab
(letter to Chieftain)

December 2 2014 - NM Water and Natural Resources Committee Meeting minutes
Reports at the meeting:
120214 Eileen Dodds Comments
120214 JPL-NASA Study on Groundwater
120214 Water Supply Vulnerabilities-Report
120214 Anita-Hand-Comments to legislation
120214 APR summary to legislation
031511 APR-rpt to legislation
111614 Inman-rpt-should taking be allowed

Nov 5, 2014 -
State Will Continue to Review Pumping Plan -
With a major legal challenge removed last week by the state Supreme Court, the state engineer’s office can continue its review of an application by a private venture to pump drinking water from Augustin Plains Ranch to determine if it meets state water codes....
More in the Albuquerque Journal Or  PDF version   
Comments on news article here

Sept 24, 2014 - Channel 13 repot on Water Grab  

Sept 22 - Residents ask state Supreme Court to rule in Augustin Plains water grab case
092214-Writ

Sept 27, 2014 - Datil NEPA clean water workshop poster

Sept 22, 2014 -
Residents ask state Supreme Court to rule in Augustin Plains water grab case
   092214-Writ

Sept 3, 2014 - 'Worse Than Anything Seen in 2,000 Years' as Megadrought Threatens Western States.
More here  

Sept 2, 2014 - water grab update -
From the New Mexico Environmental Law Center comes the following summary of our situation:

Corporation believes new application will get them all the water. Um, not so fast...
The Augustin Plains Ranch LLC water grab case began because the Ranch, which is owned by an Italian billionaire, seeks to monopolize 54,000 acre-feet of water (enough to supply half the needs of Albuquerque) to sell to the highest bidder. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to fight them. "We led the effort to demonstrate that the application was unconstitutional," said Staff Attorney, Bruce Frederick. Based on our arguments, the State Engineer and a District Court Judge denied the Ranch's application. The Ranch appealed.

However, it appears the State Engineer is now working with the Ranch to deprive our clients of their day before the Court of Appeals. The State Engineer has accepted a second application from the Ranch. Although this second application is substantially identical to the first, the Ranch and the State Engineer convinced the Court that the Ranch's appeal was moot. The Court dismissed the appeal, sending us back to square one.

Aug 21, 2014 -
August 21, 2014 - Oral Argument hearing   Hearing for August 21 has been canceled.

Aug 5, 2014 - The State Engineer is requesting that the
appeal hearing be cancelled; the Ranch is asking that the new application be considered and if it is then the appeal hearing should be cancelled; our
attorney requests that the hearing be held as scheduled.
Related Documents:

080714-Carol Pittman Comments on the issue 080114-Supplemental brief of Augustin Ranch
080114-Supplimental brief of protestant - applees demonstrating this appeal is not moot
080114-Appellee NM State Engineer's supplemental brief on mootness


Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2012

071714-Augustin Plains Ranch press release  

071514 - Company tries again to tap New Mexico plains for water  

0714134 - Augustin Plains Ranch Application  

July 7, 2014 - Cashing in on water crisis  

Final Report on Water Planning, Development and Use - 2014    News article here   Or download the page here  

Members of (the Martinez) administration routinely - and quite aggressively - opposed measures designed to protect our water supply. Rest of the story here.

“If you go to the western U.S., people are still in that mindset of trying to withdraw as much water as they can, as long as they can pump faster than their neighbour." -- Betsy Otto of WRI ...
The rest of the story here

Sectoral contributions to surface water stress in the coterminous US

For Some in the Southwest, It’s Come to Selling Water to Fracking Companies

December 12, 2013 - Abq Journal
Climate change affecting Rio Grande water supply

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   

021310-Dems Sell-out Dianne Feinstein Attempts End-Run to Hand California Water to Billionaire Farmers   

Oct 22, 2010 - Augustin water meeting  

Date, Author unknown - "House Bill 27 amends the Natural Resources Trustee Act "

072514-Groundwater in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing    

Jan 16, 2013 - Texas files water lawsuit against N.M.

April 17 - (Also read the comments)
Project may move water to area   

April 7, 2013 (Rio Rancho Observer) Rep. Tim Lewis: City’s water future may depend on new ideas

Jan 2011 - Water Heist in the Plains of San Augustin (Greenfire Times)

Investors leave blanks in plains water plans  
(Letter - D Chieftain)
Keep local resources under local control
 
(Letter - D Chieftain)

 


WATER GRAB VIDEOS
December 12, 2012 - Townhall Magdalena with Augutin Plains Ranch PR firm

Part 1 of 3.mp4 - 1 hour
Part 2 of 3.mp4 - 24 min
Part 3 of 3.mp4 - 30 min