Details for NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that Chamita Mutual Domestic Water



NOTICE is hereby given that Chamita Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA), P.O. Box 1301, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, 87566, filed with the OFFICE OF THE STATE ENGINEER, two applications: RG-15166 into RG-50388 for Permit to Change Point of Diversion from declared MDWCA well to an existing MDWCA Well, and RG-50388 et al. for Permit to Change Purpose and Place of Use of Ground Water and use an additional Point of Diversion (POD) for the Chamita MDWCA in the Rio Grande Underground Water Basin in the State of New Mexico.

Rio Arriba 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 Rio Grande Sun.

With the first application the applicant seeks to discontinue use of 13 declared wells incorporated under the Chamita MDWCA original declaration RG-15166 and change the point of diversion for the remaining water rights still in the undrilled well, for use within the Chamita MDWCA service area east of the Rio Grande in Sections 4, 5, and 9, Township 21N, Range 8E, NMPM and the northern part of the Bartolome Sanchez Grant in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

The applicant proposed to transfer the collective total of 39 acre-feet per annum for indoor domestic use from RG-15166 to Chamita MDWCA well RG-50388 located at a point where the Latitude = 36º 04’ 34.53” N and Longitude = 106º 06’ 17.36” W (WGS84).

By way of the second application the applicant seeks to Change the Purpose and Place of Use of exploratory well RG-93794 and permit this well as an additional POD for use by the Chamita MDWCA. RG-93794 well will be renumbered RG-50388-POD2 and will become a second POD for Chamita MDWCA to maintain adequate water supply and redundancy should one of the two wells fail or be taken out of service for maintenance or repair, and provided a more reliable source of the total 80.28 acre-feet per annum of permitted water for area residents. RG-50388-POD2 is located at a point where Latitude = 36º 04’ 45.0” N and Longitude = 106º 06’ 29.2 W (WGS84). Water from wells RG-50388 and RG-50388-POD2 will be used within the Chamita MDWCA service area as described above.

To view the application and supporting documentation contact the State Engineer District VI Office at PO Box 25102 Santa Fe, NM 87504, to arrange a date and time for an appointment.

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 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 stat 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 VI Office at PO Box 25102, Santa Fe, NM 87504-5102, by September 4, 2020. Facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted as a valid protest as long as 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) 827-6682. 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 October 8th, 15th & 22nd, 2020)


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