Socorro irrigators protest Santa Fe water transfer
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#2 Apr 14, 2009
One thing the Isleta Pueblo is right about is there should be much concern about any water right transfers in the Middle Rio Grande until there is an adjudication to determine just who owns what. Water rights pre 1906 are the only rightful heirs of the surface flow of the Rio Grande. The State Engineer has a history of neglecting pre-existing rights for its own administrative game of issuing more permits. Until there is an adjudication of the waters rights of Elephant Butte and southern NM( as ordered in the 1907 legislation creating the Territorial Engineer), many upstream rights are questionable. No transfers should be done without an inventory( adjudication) of all pre-existing surface supplys before ANY transfers. For a overview of the corruption of water adjudication in NM please see, http://westernwatergate.org/index.php
#3 Apr 14, 2009
Questions I propose on this issue are:
1. What and how will this impact the Interstate Compact Laws/or Interstate Compact Agreement between the states?
2. How do you control allocation?
3. Are these water rights been adjudicated by the NM Courts? or the State process?
4. Do these people have their water rights adjudicated by NM Courts? If no judgment by the court, then how do these people sell their water rights? When was their final decree by the courts given by the State of NM?
5. What impairment will it cost to downstream users?
6. Have you made a claim that this transfer will damage and impair your downstream water rights?
7. The state engineers (Reynolds,Martinez)
have historical disapproved any downstream to upstreams?
8. How many water rights been adjudicated by the State Engineer down?
9. These people have to have legal proof of those water rights. They can claim them but do they really and legally own them/have their water rights adjudicated been given by the NM Courts/Not the state engineer.
10. What if a serious drought approaches then there's no water for all New Mexicans.
People of Socorro and all New Mexicans, if more than 1000 people begin to sell or exchange their Legal Water rights it will cause a horrendous cycle, the accountability in a mess, and in the future might even cause the "Water paper rights" that have no value.
How convenient the Santa Fe County is in this picture? I feel that Rancho Vejo and the Santa Fe County have no respect for the Interstate Compact Laws and Agreements nor
do they know that Water Rights are adjudicated by the NM Courts.
Mr. P. White: Please represent these people justly and according to the laws protecting these farms and farmers.
#4 Apr 17, 2009
Fertilize Santa Fe lawmakers and officials with green pieces of paper. The person who does the best job with the most amount of nutrients wins.
#5 Apr 20, 2009
Those are all excellent questions. Peter White is an outstanding attorney. He was the General Counsel for State Engineer Steve Reynolds, and has been a great source of leadership and guidance for our state with respect to water resources.
Unfortunately, the attorneys and management at today's Office of the State Engineer have blatantly attacked Mr. White, as he has held them in check on numerous cases in NM.
Hopefully, the OSE will someday be cleaned up and restored to an effective an honorable operation.
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