Tracing water's hidden journey
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#1 Jan 26, 2009
More articles like this, please.
#2 Jan 26, 2009
A few years ago a push-shove developer tried to put a high-end subdivision in this mystery hydrology area, right above an old coal mine. Residents protested the water rights transfer for this subdivision, and after a lot of effort, the State Engineer denied the transfer. A few years later, the same developer again applied for a transfer into the same subdivision, nobody caught the legal notices and protested, and the State Engineer APPROVED it! Peggy Johnson had stated in her study that people in this area were going to have trouble, so they knew full well about it. Many houses have now been built in this subdivision and one is under construction presently. Wells adjacent to this subdivision are the ones going dry. The folks in the State Engineer Office will do anything the developers want, while ignoring the resource, senior rights, and present residents. If someone's well goes dry, they lose all value in their property and are stuck living in dust. It's time to do some personnel turnover here. The Governor needs to replace these bought-out cronies with competent, aware, and fair folks who can respect the law, people's rights, and the limits of the resource.
#3 Jan 26, 2009
What Placitasfarmer says is true. A decade-old lawsuit has recently been expanded in a misguided and ridiculous attempt by this developer to have the water rights of nearby residents abandoned through a forfeiture proceeding. It is hard to know what their motivation is, but they seem to put themselves before people whose wells far predate their subdivision. It seems almost inevitable that this lawsuit will grow to include a large portion of landowners in the entire area of Placitas. It's a shame actually. I love the area, but it's hard to relax when you get caught up in a hardball lawsuit through absolutely no fault of your own. If the Santa Fe New Mexican is interested in doing an expose on this issue, they may look me up. I'm real easy to find on the internet and in the phone book.
#4 Jan 26, 2009
Talk about hardball lawsuits, try Aamodt on for size. The water utility they envision would have numerous conjunctive use deep wells. There might or might not be an impairment fund which would be the only recourse to wells going dry. The County entered into this knowing the problems without any significant outreach to the community. This is not a democracy I was told today, it is a republic. Our representatives have no obligation to their constituents, it seems unless you are related to someone or you get campaign donations!
#5 Jan 26, 2009
I am a 12 year Placitas resident and I too, along with Jack Bates and many other Placitas residents, am being sued for abandonment of water rights. My well was approved by the State Engineer 12 years ago, and yet I am now being threatened by a lawsuit to take away my water rights. Why should innocent landowners like myself have to pay for the sins of the State Engineer. This is not right!
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