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Aamodt Public Outreach Information and Reports

The Federal Court in the Aamodt water rights adjudication case has issued a Notice and Order to Show Cause setting a deadline of April 7, 2014 for water users in the Nambe/Pojoaque/Tesuque areas to object to the Settlement Agreement and Proposed Decrees of the Pueblo water rights. Those not objecting to the proposed settlement may also begin making elections regarding domestic water rights. The Court has not yet set a deadline for making domestic well elections. As a result, water rights owners who do not want to object to the settlement or decrees do not have to file anything by April 7, 2014 and can wait to make their well elections once the Court sets a deadline for those filings.

Santa Fe County will be sponsoring public meetings and workshops to go over the Settlement Agreement and to help provide information. With the help of the other Settling Parties, the County will hold two public meetings. For those who want additional information, the County will also schedule smaller workshops and individual office hours.

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Santa Fe County is sponsoring two community meetings, 12 workshops and 12 days of office hours to inform the public of the Pojoaque Valley Pueblos’ water right settlement and the choices which the Court has asked non-Pueblo water right owners to make.

Public Meetings:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Pojoaque Middle School Auditorium
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Tesuque Elementary School Gym

WATCH: Aamodt Water Settlement - Public Outreach Meeting (Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014)

Upcoming Workshops (registration is required)

To register contact Darcy Bushnell 505-277-0551 or bushnell@law.unm.edu

All workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 25 – Nambé Community Center, 180 A State Rd. 503 (This workshop is full)
  • Thursday, February 27 – Rio en Medio/ Chupadero Community Center, 1 EL Alto Road, Chupadero
  • Tuesday, March 4 – El Rancho Community Center, 394 County Road 84, El Rancho (This workshop is full)
  • Thursday, March 6 – Pojoaque Satellite Office, Next to True Value (This workshop is full)
  • Tuesday, March 11 – Nambé Community Center, 180 A State Rd. 503 (This workshop is full)
  • Thursday, March 13 – Tesuque Elementary School Library, 1555 Bishop’s Lodge Road (This workshop is full)
  • Tuesday, March 18 – El Rancho Community Center, 394 County Road 84, El Rancho
  • Thursday, March 20 – Pojoaque Satellite Office, Next to TruValue
  • Tuesday, March 25 – Nambé Community Center, 180 A State Rd. 503
  • Thursday, March 27 – Tesuque Elementary School Library, 1555 Bishop’s Lodge Road (This workshop is full)
  • Tuesday, April 1 – El Rancho Community Center, 394 County Road 84, El Rancho
  • Thursday, April 3 – Pojoaque Satellite Office, Next to TruValue

Office Hours

Office Hours will be held at the Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 West Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque, NM (in the Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza)

Every Wednesday between February 26 – April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Every Saturdays between March 1 – April 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To assist with these public meetings, workshops and office hours, the County has hired the Joe M. Stell Water Ombudsman Program at the Utton Transboundary Resources Center of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Please call Darcy Bushnell at the toll-free Water Adjudication Helpline at 1-877-775-8333 or directly at (505)-277-0551. Leave your name, phone number, and question. She will attempt to call you back by the next business day.

Additional information may be found at the Center’s website at: http://uttoncenter.unm.edu/ombudsman/npt.php

Para ayuda en español comuníquese con Santa Fe County (505-992-9870).

Background Information 

Congress enacted the Aamodt settlement Act at the end of 2010. Since that time the Settlement Parties have worked to implement the settlement. On April 10, 2012, the Santa Fe County Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2012-53 authorizing the proposed amendments to the Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement and Cost-Sharing Agreement were signed by the United States, the Pueblos, the State, the County and the City in March 2013.  Download a Summary Overview of the Settlement (PDF).

The Bureau of Reclamation has begun the planning phase of the Pojoaque Basin Water System.  View complete details at www.PojoaqueBasinEIS.com

Other Important Documents and Forms

For more information about the adjudication, the caseand the settlement

Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System EIS
https://sites.google.com/site/pbwatereis/home

OSE: Access to water right records
http://nmwrrs.ose.state.nm.us/nmwrrs/disclaimer.html

OSE: Adjudication information and court filings
http://www.ose.state.nm.us/legal_aamodt_adjudication.html

OSE: Settlement information and proposed Agreement
http://www.ose.state.nm.us/legal_ose_aamodt_info.html

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