Thursday, July 18, 2013

Glenwood Gazette News: SAWC Board Meeting July 23

Glenwood Gazette News: SAWC Board Meeting July 23: The next San Augustin Water Coalition Board meeting will be Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm at the Datil Baptist Church. Agenda-----July 23, 2013...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Glenwood Gazette News: SAWC Annual meeting May 11

Glenwood Gazette News: SAWC Annual meeting May 11: The San Augustin Water Coalition will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, May 11th. at 3 p.m. in the Datil school gym. Doors open at 2...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

San Augustin Water Grab Appeals Process

From SAWC attorney Bruce Frederick re:  San Augustin water grab appeals process.

The hearing, if there is one, will be in Santa Fe or ABQ at the Court of Appeals.

Two caveats:   (1) The Court of Appeals often decides cased based on the written briefs without any oral argument. And (2), if there is oral argument, it won't be scheduled for months or even more than a year from now.

The appellate process will likely consist generally of the following steps in this appeal:

  • Notice of Appeal
  • Docketing Statement
  • Calendaring
  • Filing of Transcripts from Lower Court
  • Brief in Chief by Appellant
  • Response by Appellee (us)
  • Reply Brief by Appellant
  • Oral Argument (at the option of the Court)
  • Decision

 We are not yet at the "Docketing Statement" stage.

Posted with permission from Mr. Frederick.

R. Bruce Frederick, Staff Attorney
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
1405 Luisa Street, Suite 5
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

San Augustin Water Still At Risk

Blogmaster opinion:  This February 12, 2013 Albuquerque Journal article shows us that the San Augustin water grab isn't over.  We are now seeing the next stage of the war for water: the use of media to gently nudge public opinion in the preferred direction towards the side of the water grabbers, disguised as legislation created for "the public good".  Of course the water grabber's idea of public good isn't very good for the citizens of Catron County or western Socorro County.

Can Pecos water fix work for Rio Grande?

By John Fleck / Journal Staff Writer on Tue, Feb 12, 2013
"Can New Mexico's $100 million solution to drought problems on the Pecos River provide the model for the much larger problems on the lower Rio Grande?

"That is the question posed by Senate Bill 440, introduced in the Legislature last week by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces. Cervantes' bill asks for a $120 million appropriation to deal with the 'severe imbalance (that) exists among water rights holders reliant on Rio Grande water supply'.

"If Cervantes gets it (a big 'if''), the money would be used to improve irrigation efficiency, possibly import water to the Rio Grande Basin, and most important, to buy up and retire water rights in the valleys of New Mexico's southern Rio Grande, south of Elephant Butte Reservoir.

"Importing water is a tricky problem, but there are two big and controversial ideas on the table right now: pumping groundwater from a private ranch on the Plains of San Augustin, near Datil, and building a pipeline to ferry some of New Mexico's share of the Gila River to the Las Cruces area."  (Note:  bold font is blogmaster's emphasis)


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

San Augustin Plains water grab decision appealed

Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (filing as Kokopelli Ranch LLC et al) has filed a Notice of Appeal against Judge Reynold's decision on the the January 3, 2013 Order on Protestants' Motion for Summary Judgment regarding the San Augustin Plains water grab. The Notice of Appeal was filed in the 7th Judicial District Court in Catron County, NM on January 22, 2013.

This is the first round of the next phase of appeal, which is in the Court of Appeals in Santa Fe.  The San Augustin Water Coalition's attorney, R. Bruce Frederick, with New Mexico Environmental Law Center,  should be briefing the Court of Appeals beginning later this spring.
CLICK HERE for PDF download of Notice of Appeal

Monday, December 3, 2012

Text of Augustin Plains Ranch flyer

Here is the text of the Augustin Plains Ranch flyer.  If anyone has a better image than I was sent, please email it to me, or post the text I can't read in the comments section below.  Thanks.

text here I can't read

Augustin Plains Ranch


Augustin Plains Ranch, the water project,
will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Magdalena -
to update the project status, answer your 
questions and take your comments.

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Magdalena Senior Center
500 9th Street - Magdalena

Augustin Plains Ranch has put forward a proposal for a water
project to withdraw 54,000 acre-feet per year from under the
Augustin Plains, transport it to Socorro by pipeline, then north 
to the Albuquerque area.  The project could provide water for 
drought relief to the state while protecting existing water rights 
and providing benefits for Catron and Socorro Counties

For more information call xxx-xxxx [and more text I can't read]

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Augustin Plains Ranch: THEY'RE BACK!

Lif Strand

Just when you thought we'd won... Augustin Plains Ranch is starting their next round.  They've learned a lot from their first venture - we protesters have shown them exactly what we've got, and now they've tuned up their attack and they're coming at the water again.

This time they're going to come at us as "friends".

There's a flyer going around announcing a Town Hall Meeting (see image below) - called for by the LLC.  Don't you find it a little insulting?  To me it is incredibly patronizing for them to be playing the local card, telling us that the water could be used for drought relief (not for us, of course, and most certainly not out of any kind of generosity and helpfulness since they'd be taking public property and selling it for a BIG profit).

Personally, I find it incredibly insulting to have a business PR meeting and label it "Town Hall Meeting", since such meetings are an honored American tradition where community members gather to discuss issues and concerns among themselves.  Since when is Augustin Plains Ranch LLC part of our community?  Do you really think they are interested in our concerns except to learn what to aim their weapons at?

This meeting is to "update the project status, answer your questions and take your comments".   They were denied their water grab application with the OSE and they lost their court appeal of it.  But that doesn't bother them at all - they've STILL got a project and they're coming at us again.

And they're coming with lots and lots of money that will buy lots and lots of power - power we've only seen the tiniest bit of so far. Personally, I would say about a thousand people should show up at this meeting and refuse to say anything but the word NO.

Let me just add this:  If you were worried before, you should be scared spitless now.