NOTICE is hereby given that on August 11, 2020, applicant’s Mike Mechenbier and Kathleen Mechenbier, Rev Trust & Mesa Verde Farms, LLC, c/o Harvey Crowley, both at 3211 Highway 47, Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031, filed Application No. (SD-09652 into RG-10260 POD3, RG-82157, RG-93792), with the STATE ENGINEER for Permit to Change the Point of Diversion and Place of Use from Surface Water to Ground Water within the Middle Rio Grande Water Basin.
Valencia County is the County affected by the diversion and in which the water has been or will be put to beneficial use. This notice is ordered to be published in the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
The applicants propose to discontinue the diversion of 20.64 acre-feet per annum (afa) farm delivery requirement (FDR) of surface water, inclusive of 14.448 afa consumptive irrigation requirement (CIR), from the La Constancia Ditch with the point of diversion on the Rio Grande at the Isleta Diversion Dam (Surface Permit SP 1690-3) located on land owned by Isleta Pueblo and leased to MRGCD at a point where X=346,037 meters and Y=3,863,880 meters, UTM, NAD83, Zone 13N, for the irrigation of 6.88 acres of land described as a portion of Tract B1 of Boundary Survey Plat of Tract B-1, Replat of Tract B, Land of AA Marr within Section 10, Township 6 N, Range 2E, NMPM, MRGCD Map 83, Valencia County.
The move from land is owned by Mike Mechenbier and Kathleen Mechenbier Rev. Trust, and generally located approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of Highway 47 and Tome Hill road of Tome, Valencia County, New Mexico.
The applicants further propose to commence the diversion of said 20.64 afa (FDR) of ground water from three (3) existing wells described as: well RG-10260 POD 3, located at a point where X=1,479,600 feet and Y= 1,320,580 feet (Lands of Les Gibson, Tract 26A5A); well RG-82157, located at a point where X=1,477,530 feet and Y=1,305,550 feet (Lands of Les Gibson, Tract 3 northerly portion); and well RG-93792, located at a point where X=1,474,467 feet and Y= 1,294,924 feet (Lands of Les Gibson, Tract 4), all in central zone, NM State Plane Coordinates, NAD 1983, for the irrigation of 837.8344 acres of land described as parts of described as the north portion of Tract 1, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 104 & 105, consisting of approximately 135.6629 acres, excepting Tract 104A1A1, MRGCD Map 104 consisting of 34.5567 acres, and Tract 1A, MRGCD Map 105 consisting of 17 acres; Tract 104A1A-R, MRGCD Maps 104 and 105, consisting of approximately 9.2252 acres; the south portion of Tract 1, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 105, consisting of approximately 120.7644 acres; Tract 2, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 108, consisting of approximately 121.0865 acres; the north portion of Tract 3, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 109, consisting of approximately 109.7401 acres; the south portion of Tract 3, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 112 consisting of approximately 29.4776 acres; Tract 122A2, MRGCD Map 114, consisting of approximately consisting of approximately 0.84 acre; Tract 122B MRGCD Map 114, consisting of approximately 0.83 acre; Tract 122C, MRGCD Map 114, consisting of approximately 0.83 acre; and Tract 4, Boundary Survey Plat of Lands of Les Gibson, MRGCD Map 113 consisting of approximately 309.3777 acres., excepting Tract 4B, MRGCD Map 113 and Map 188 consisting of 20.4669 acres.
The existing move from wells and move from lands are owned by Mesa Verde Farms, LLC and generally located just west of the Belen exit off of Interstate Highway 25 in Valencia County, New Mexico.
Any person, firm or corporation or other entity asserting 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, email address, 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 the 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 shall be required to provide evidence showing how you will be substantially and specifically affected. The written protest must be filed, in triplicate, with the Office of the State Engineer, District 1 Office, located at 5550 San Antonio Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109-4127, on or before January 8, 2021. Facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted as a valid protest if 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 on
November 5, 12, & 19, 2020.