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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 email
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."








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 Mexico FIre Alerts

May 24 - North Fire in Magdalena Ridge Dist.

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 >>


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

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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