NOTICE is hereby given that on October 21 and November 18, 2020, San Antonio Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (SA MDWCA), Contact: Michael Hawkes, P.O. Box 85, San Antonio, NM, 87832, and Chance Atwood, Contact: Suzanne Smith, 37 South Pino Street, San Antonio, NM, 87832, filed with the STATE ENGINEER Application No. RG-24379-Enlrg–(T) for Permit under the Water Use Leasing Act (NMSA 1978, Sections 72-6-1 to 72-6-7) to Temporarily Change the Point of Diversion, Purpose of Use and the Place of Use from Groundwater to Surface Water within the Middle Rio Grande Water Basin, of the State of New Mexico.
Socorro 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 El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro County).
The co-applicants propose to temporarily discontinue (for a period of five years upon approval of the application) the diversion of the Consumptive Use amount of 34.881 acre-feet per annum of groundwater from four (4) wells under Permit RG-24379 Enlrg, approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on April 15, 2019, on land owned by SA MDWCA located at a points described as: well RG-24379, latitude is 33° 55′ 32″ North and longitude is 106° 52′ 29″ West (WGS84), also described as being located within the NE1/4 SE1/4 of Section 31; well RG-24379-S, located approximately at a point where latitude is 33° 58′ 33″ North and longitude is 106° 53′ 44″ West (WGS84), also described as being located within the NW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 of Section 12; well RG-24379-S-2, located approximately at a point where latitude is 33° 55′ 33″ North and longitude is 106° 55′ 33″ West (WGS84), also described as being located within the NW1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4 of Section 31; and well RG-24379 POD4, located approximately at a point where latitude is 33° 55′ 33.5″ North and longitude is 106° 52′ 25.4″ West (WGS84), also described as being located within the NE1/4 NE1/4 Section 31, all in Township 4 South, Range 1 East, NMPM, for domestic, commercial, municipal, and related uses, within the community of San Antonio and the service area of the SAMDWCA, Socorro County, New Mexico. The move-from wells and place of use is generally located along the northern boundary of Luis Lopez, to the northern boundary of the Bosque del Apache Refuge, Socorro County, New Mexico.
The three (3) surface water rights appurtenant to the subject move-from point of diversion were previously severed under the following permits: SD-02829 into RG-24379 et al., Dedicated by the New Mexico State Engineer on November 2, 1983; SD-03415 into RG-24379 et al., Dedicated by the New Mexico State Engineer on July 18, 1990; and SD-01718-C-A into RG-24379 et al., approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on February 21, 2001.
The co-applicants further propose to transfer the Consumptive Use amount of 34.881 acre-feet per annum of groundwater, for the irrigation of within 16.610 acres of land, owned by Chance Atwood and Barbara Atwood, the four (4) tracts are described as: Pt. of Tract 27A (1.30 acres) on MRGCD Map 172; Pt. of Tract 27B (4.75 acres); Pt. of Tract 25 (1.91 acres); and Pt. of Tract 2 (8.65 acres), all located on MRGCD Map 172 and 173, within Sections 29 and 32, Township 04 South, Range 01 East, NMPM, from the San Antonio Ditch, with a point of diversion on the Rio Grande at the San Acacia Diversion (SP-1690-4), on land owned by the MRGCD, within projected NE¼ NE¼ of Section 1, Township 01 South, Range 01 West, NMPM, at a point where X=326,225 meters and Y=3,3792,219 meters intersect, UTM Zone 13N, NAD 1983
The move-to tracts are all located on the west side of the Rio Grande, approximately 0.65 mile north of Village of San Antonio, off of Old US Hwy 85, Socorro County, New Mexico.
The two (2) surface water rights appurtenant to the subject move-to lands were previously severed under the following permits: SD-06003 Amended and SD-06003 Amended-A into RG-960 et al., approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on May 2, 2002, and SD-06003-B and SD-0779 into RG-537, approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on April 30, 2008.
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 5550 San Antonio Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
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) Detriment; if detriment, 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 February 21, 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 El Defensor Chieftain on December 10, 17 & 24, 2020