NOTICE is hereby given that on January 4 and February 5, 2021, City of Socorro, Contact: Donald Monette, P.O. Box K, Socorro, NM, 87801, and Valerie Moore, Contact: Suzanne Smith, P.O. Box 1457, Socorro, NM, 87801, filed with the STATE ENGINEER Application No. RG-3501 et al. into SD-05025-B (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 7.5726 acre-feet per annum of groundwater from 11 wells under Permit RG-3501 et al., approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on May 7, 2007, on land owned by the City of Socorro, located at a points described as: well RG-3501-POD2, located approximately at a point where X=304,180 feet and Y=l,114,334 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD3, located approximately at a point where X=303,646 feet and Y=l,ll7,700 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD4, located approximately at a point where X=304,487 feet and Y=l,ll7,067 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD5, located approximately at a point where X=301,685 feet and Y=l,l27,801 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD6 located approximately at a point where X=297,957 feet and Y=l,104,507 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD7, located approximately at a point where X=299,880 feet and Y=1,109,904 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-12223-POD1 located in the NW ¼NE ¼ NE ¼, Sec. 35, T. 2S, R. 1W, NMPM; well RG-12223-POD2, located in the NE ¼ NE ¼ NE ¼, Sec. 35, T. 2S, R.1W, NMPM; well RG-12223-POD3, located approximately at a point where X=301,794 feet and Y=1,128,058 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-15-POD1, located approximately at a point where X=300,907 feet and Y=1,119,550, feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927; well RG-3501-POD11 located approximately at a point where X=297,222 feet and Y=1,108,715 feet, NMSPCS, Central Zone, NAD 1927, all within the Socorro Grant, for municipal and related, within the the service area of the City of Socorro Water System, Socorro County, New Mexico. The move-from wells and place of use is generally located within the City of Socorro, in Socorro County, New Mexico. The two (2) additional sources of water associated with RG-3501 et al are SD-02714 and SD-02715.
Part of the surface water rights appurtenant to the subject move-from point of diversion were previously severed under the following permit: SD-01706 into RG-3501 et al., approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on March 3, 1970.
The co-applicants further propose to transfer the Consumptive Use amount of 7.5726 acre-feet per annum of groundwater, for the irrigation of within 3.606 acres of land, owned by Valerie Moore, the four (4) tracts are described as: Pt. of Tract 35C2B (0.2137 acres), Pt. of Tract 35D1 (0.5587 acres), Pt. of Tract 49 (2.1668 acres); and Pt. of Tract 50 (0.6668 acres), all located on MRGCD Map 152, within Sections 29 and 32, Township 04 South, Range 01 East, NMPM, from the Lemitar 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=325,225 meters and Y=3,792,219 meters intersect, UTM Zone 13N, NAD 1983.
The move-to tracts are all located on the west side of the Rio Grande, approximately 1.12 miles north of Village of Lemitar, off of Olive Lane, Socorro County, New Mexico. The subject move-to lands (part of Tracts 35D1, 49, and 50) currently have two (2) approved permits associated with them; Permit RG-07688-A into SD-05025, approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on October 22, 2013 and Permit SD-05025-B, approved by the New Mexico State Engineer on June 4, 2013.
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 April 27, 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 March 4, 11, 18, 2021