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  • OFFICE OF THE STATE ENGINEER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULES AND PUBLIC HEARING The State Engineer has issued proposed rules governing the Nambe-Pojoaque-Tesuque Water Master District: Active Water Resource Management. The proposed rules were developed to provide for and supervise the distribution and administration of the available water supply and administrable water rights adjudicated in the general adjudication of all water rights in the Nambe-Pojoaque-Tesuque Stream System (State of New Mexico ex rel. State Engineer v. Aamodt, et al., U.S. District Court No. 66cv6639); to implement the terms and conditions of the Settlement Agreement executed by the State of New Mexico, the Pueblos of Nambe, Tesuque, Pojoaque, and San Ildefonso, the County of Santa Fe, City of Santa Fe, and the United States on March 14, 2013; and to implement Active Water Resource Management for the Nambe-Pojoaque-Tesuque Water Master District. The proposed rules set out the authority and duties of the district water master regarding the use and administration of groundwater and surface water (including changes in points of diversion, purpose or place of use) for both Pueblo and non-Pueblo water rights. The rules provide for priority administration in the district, including alternative administration of the first priority of the Pueblos' water rights. The rules establish provisions for conveyance of groundwater rights and expedited permitting for changes in points of diversion and places of use to the County Water Utility and for new domestic well points of diversion, and govern a connection fund for the costs of connecting to the County Water Utility. The rules govern the determination of interference and offsets by the water master resulting from the exercise of Pueblo water rights, and establish procedures for reimbursement from a mitigation fund for the effects of impairment to non-Pueblo groundwater rights determined by the water master. The proposed rules are available at the District Offices of the State Engineer in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Deming, Aztec, and Cimarron. The rules are also posted on the Office of the State Engineer website and may be accessed at http://www.ose.state.nm.us/index.php (click on the link under HOT TOPICS). To request that a copy of the proposed rules be sent to you by mail or e-mail, please contact Felicity Strachan (505) 827-3989 or felicity.strachan@state.nm.us. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE OLD SENATE CHAMBERS, BATAAN BUILDING, 400 DON GASPAR AVE, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, ON AUGUST 16, 2017, BEGINNING AT 2PM. ANY PERSON WHO IS OR MAY BE AFFECTED BY THESE PROPOSED RULES MAY APPEAR AND TESTIFY. WRITTEN COMMENTS MAY BE SUBMITTED AT THE PUBLIC HEARING OR BY E-MAIL TO FELICITY.STRACHAN@STATE.NM.US UNTIL 5:00 PM ON AUGUST 16, 2017. Published: July 19 & 26, 2017.