NOTICE is hereby given that on June 15, 2023, Frances and Delfido Conroy, c/o WaterBank, 610 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 111, Albuquerque, NM 87102 & Resource Development and Infrastructure LLC, c/o Santa Fe Law Group, Seth Fullerton, 123 E Marcy St. Suite 200, Santa Fe, NM 87505 & Santa Fe County, c/o Michelle Hunter, P.O. Box 276, Santa Fe, NM 87504 & City of Santa Fe, c/o John Blair, City Manager, P.O. Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504, filed with the STATE ENGINEER Application No. SD-02960-E into RG-20516 et al. for Permit to Change Point of Diversion, Place and Purpose of Use from Surface Water to Groundwater within the Rio Grande Underground Basin of the State of New Mexico.

Socorro, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Santa Fe Counties are the counties affected by the diversion and/or 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, Valencia County News-Bulletin, Albuquerque Journal, and the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The applicants propose to discontinue the Farm Delivery Requirement (FDR) of 30.48 acre-feet per annum (afa) of surface water, inclusive of a Consumptive Irrigation Requirement (CIR) of 21.336 afa with a point of diversion on the Rio Grande at the Isleta Diversion Dam Works (SP-1690-3) of the MRGCD, on land owned by the MRGCD, at a point where X = 346,037 and Y = 3,863,880, meters, UTM Zone 13N, NAD83, for the irrigation of 10.16 acres of land owned by Frances and Delfido Conroy described as Parcel A-1 Plat of Division of land of Reynaldo Carillo formerly tracts 19 and 21C1 on MRGCD Map 122, within Section 7, Township 3 North, Range 2 East. The move-from lands are generally located near Veguita, west of NM Hwy 304 between Ranchitos Road and Jaramillo Loop, Socorro County, New Mexico.

The applicants further propose to transfer the above-described 21.336 acre-feet of consumptive use water per annum for domestic, commercial, industrial, municipal or related purposes to groundwater points of diversion comprising of the Buckman well field, owned by the United States and/or easement owned by the City of Santa Fe. Using UTM coordinates, NAD 83, meters; the well locations are described as follows:

RG-20516-S, (Buckman Well No. 3), located at a point where X = 396,172, Y = 3,965,382.5,
RG-20516-S-2, (Buckman Well No. 4), located at a point where X = 396,169, Y = 3,964,656,
RG-20516-S-3, (Buckman Well No. 5), located at a point where X = 396,196, Y = 3,963,991,
RG-20516-S-5, (Buckman Well No. 1), located at a point where X = 395,323, Y = 3,966,286,
RG-20516-S-6, (Buckman Well No. 2), located at a point where X = 395,531, Y = 3,965,627,
RG-20516-S-4, (Buckman Well No. 6), located at a point where X = 396,741, Y = 3,964,467,
RG-20516-S-7, (Buckman Well No. 7), located at a point where X = 395,976, Y = 3,966,139.5,
RG-20516-S-8, (Buckman Well No. 8), located at a point where X = 394,773, Y = 3,966,031,
RG-20516-S-9, (Buckman Well No. 9), located at a point where X = 396,838, Y = 3,965,678,
SP-4842, (Buckman Direct Diversion), located at a point where X= 395,052, Y = 3,966,406.

The Buckman wells are generally located from 7-16 miles northwest of the intersection of State Road 599 and County Road 85, and from 7-16 miles northwest of the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

The consumptive use water rights will be used to offset depletions on the Rio Grande resulting from pumping of ground water authorized by State Engineer Permit No. RG-20516 et al., for domestic, municipal, industrial, commercial, and any and all purposes of use related thereto or allowed by Permit RG-20516 et al. at places of use within the service area of Santa Fe County, on land owned by numerous owners within the County of Santa Fe. If granted, this application will not increase the already approved diversion amount under Permit RG-20516 et al.

To view the application and supporting documentation contact the State Engineer District Office to arrange a date and time for an appointment located at 5550 San Antonio Dr. 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 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 State Engineer, at 5550 San Antonio Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, on or before September 8, 2023. 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 July 6, 13 & 20 2023