NOTICE is hereby given that on April 14, 2022, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, contact Page Pegram, 5550 San Antonio Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, and Facility Management Division, State of New Mexico General Services Department, contact Anna Silva, PO Drawer 6850, Santa Fe, NM 87502 filed Application No. RG-5847 POD6 with the STATE ENGINEER for Permit to Change Point of Diversion of Groundwater within the Middle Rio Grande Underground Basin of the State of New Mexico.
The applicant proposes to discontinue the use of failing, permitted well RG-5847-S, located at a point where Latitude is 34° 49′ 4.73″ North and Longitude is 106° 44′ 28.90″ West, WGS84, and commence the use of proposed replacement well RG-5847 (POD6), to be drilled to a depth of approximately 185 feet, with an 8-inch casing, within 100 feet of existing well RG-5847-S located above. The proposed replacement well RG-5847 (POD6) will be used for the continued diversion right of up to 26 acre-feet per annum (AFA) subject to return flow and a consumptive use right of 8 AFA, for fish rearing and related uses on approximately 4 acres of land described as the North half of Tract 108, MRGCD Map 69. The move-from and move-to wells and place of use are on land owned by the State of New Mexico (Facility Management Division), described as Los Lunas Campus, 1000 Main St, further described as being approximately 400 feet northeast of the intersection of Main St. NW and Los Lunas Ctr, Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium, Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico.
The applicant states that the current well no. RG-5847-S is unrepairable due to a failed pump that has lodged itself into the well, and will be plugged. This well is essential to maintaining a refugium for the Federally endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow. No increase in the diversion amount is being requested under this application.
Applicants further state that the application is made pursuant to a lease between the Facility Management Division (lessor) and the Interstate Stream Commission (lessee). Upon expiration of the ten-year lease term and all renewal terms, the subject water rights will revert back to their original purpose of use.
To view the application and supporting documentation, contact the State Engineer District 1 Office at 505-383-4000, to arrange a date and time for an appointment. The District 1 Office is located at the 5550 San Antonio Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.
Any person, firm or corporation or other entity having standing to file objections or protests shall do so in writing (objection must be legible, signed, and include the writer’s complete name, phone number and mailing address). If the protest does not include the complete name, phone number, email address, and mailing address, it may be deemed invalid and not accepted for filing unless Protestant provides with the protest an affidavit stating that it does not have one of the above-listed elements/requirements (phone number, mailing address, email address, etc.). The objection to the approval of the application must be based on: (1) Impairment; if impairment, you must specifically identify your water rights, and/or (2) Public Welfare/Conservation of Water; if public welfare or conservation of water within the state of New Mexico, you must show how you will be substantially and specifically affected. The written protest must be filed, in triplicate, with the State Engineer, 5550 San Antonio Dr. NE, Albuquerque, 87109, on or before September 2, 2022. Facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted as a valid protest as long as the hard copy is hand-delivered or mailed and postmarked within 24-hours of the facsimile. Mailing postmark will be used to validate the 24-hour period. Protests can be faxed to the Office of the State Engineer, 505-383-4030. If no valid protest or objection is filed, the State Engineer will evaluate the application in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 72 NMSA 1978.
Published in the Valencia County News-Bulletin: June 30, July 7, 14, 2022
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