NOTICE is hereby given that on April 1, 2022, co-applicants Eduardo D. Medrano and Christina Medrano, 3 Calle de los Ninõs, Los Lunas, NM 87031, filed Application No. SD-03375-A into RG-82203, with the STATE ENGINEER for Permit to Change Point of Diversion and Change the Place and Purpose of Use from Surface to Groundwater within the Middle Rio Grande Water Basin, of the State of New Mexico.
Valencia County is the New Mexico County affected by the diversion(s) 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 (Valencia County).
The co-applicants propose to discontinue the Farm Delivery Requirement (FDR) of 1.5 acre-feet per annum (afa) of surface water, inclusive of a Consumptive Use Irrigation Requirement (CIR) of 1.05 afa from the Los Lunas Ditch, with a point of diversion on the Rio Grande at the Angostura Diversion Dam (SP-1690-3), on land owned by the Pueblo of Isleta located within the projected NE¼NE¼SW¼ of Section 24, Township 8 North, Range 2 East, NMPM, at a point where X=346,037 meters and Y=3,863,880 meters intersect, UTM Zone 13 North, NAD 83, for the irrigation of 0.5 acre of land described as Part of Tract 78A1A, owned by Eduardo D. Medrano and Christina Medrano, on MRGCD Map 69, within Section 22, Township 7 North, Range 2 East, NMPM. The move-from land is generally located west of the Los Lentes Interior Drain, along the east side of Onesimo Fajardo Lane NE, approximately 0.06 mile east of Los Lentes Rd. NE, Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico.
The co-applicants further propose to transfer 1.05 afa (CIR) to permitted Domestic and Livestock well RG-82203 POD1, located within Tract G2A2A, on MRGCD Map No. 69, described as within the SW¼NE¼SW¼ of Section 22, Township 7 North, Range 2 East, NMPM, within the San Clemente Land Grant, further described at a point located where 34.816° North Latitude and -106.723° West Longitude intersect, WGS84, on land owned by Eduardo D. Medrano and Christina Medrano, for commercial purposes (drip irrigation of commercial cannabis), within 0.5 acre of land described as within the north half of aforementioned Tract G2A2A. The move to well and the move to land are generally both located east of the Huning Lateral, North of Cinder Lane and along Calle de los Ninõs NE, Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico.
The surface water rights associated with the move to land were previously severed under Permit No. SD-07157 into RG-537, approved by the State Engineer on April 11, 2007.
To view the application and supporting documentation, contact the State Engineer District 1 Office to arrange a date and time for an appointment. The District 1 Office is located at 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, email address, and mailing address). 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, District 1 Office, 5550 San Antonio Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, by July 12, 2022. 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, District 1 Office, (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: May 12, 19, 26, 2022
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