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MRGCD Public Access Area In Pena Blanca Closed Weekdays
MRGCD lands, west of Leyba Road in Pena Blanca, will be CLOSED to visitors and hunters, Monday thru Friday beginning Monday, December 2, 2013 until futher notice.
A restoration project is ongoing in the area and for the protection of MRGCD employees and hired workers, the area is now closed to all weekday activity, including hunting and fishing.
"To ensure that everyone is safe in this area, anyone with a Bosque Access Permit now has restricted use t o weekends only." says MRGCD Chief Engineer Subhas Shah.
Questions regarding this temporary closure should be directed to the MRGCD General Offices at 505-247-0234.
A Retirement and Succession Plan is Announced for CEO/Chief Engineer
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Chief Engineer/CEO Subhas Shah and the MRGCD Board of Directors have announced the retirement and succession plan for the Mr. Shah.
Shah has served as MRGCD Chief Engineer/CEO for 36-years and will continue his employment as CE/CEO with the District until December 1, 2014. Mr. Shah has agreed to pass on his extensive knowledge of the district, gained during his long tenure, to his successor.
In his Announcement of Retirement Mr. Shah thanked those who helped him in his journey with the MRGCD, a life journey.
"I have been reflecting on how the MRGCD has profoundly changed my life. It has been a challenging career for a young engineer with no political know-how and to survive within a notoriously political agency that controls the most precious water and land resources in the State of New Mexico. My time at the MRGCD has taught me so much, and the hands-on experience is something that you can never learn in school …. believe me on that one!" said Shah. "The District has been my life. When I say “District,” I don’t mean just the ditches, dams, buildings, vehicles, and computers that make up the physical side of the MRGCD. “District” means all of you – the employees, the board members, the residents, the irrigators – everyone who has worked to keep this sliver of green oasis in the desert alive, well and thriving. YOU all have been my life and I have worked for all of you. I hope I have done a good job. "
The more than 100 people in attendance at the meeting gave Mr. Shah a standing ovation.
“Subhas Shah has been a dedicated public servant and has led the District through a period of many challenges and great changes.” says MRGCD Board Chairman Derrick J. Lente.
The District will begin the search for a replacement in the coming weeks and will take the necessary time needed to find a professional replacement for the Chief Engineer’s position.
To read Mr. Shah's entire speech, click here.
MRGCD Board of Directors Approve Changes to Water Bank Policy
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board of Directors, by unanimous vote and resolution, has approved changes to the Water Bank Rule 23.
The proposed changes will impact current and future irrigators leasing water from the District thru the Water Bank program.
Click below for the new rules.
Water Bank Rule 23
MRGCD Board of Directors Approves Updated Water Distribution Policy
By a unanimous vote the MRGCD Board of Directors approved an updated Water Distribution Policy that takes effect immediately.
The revised regulations outline the rules for irrigators and water user within the district. These updated rules include provisions for dealing with district residents who are irrigating illegally. This includes those who do not have water rights and are not utilizing the MRGCD Water Bank, but continue to irrigate property.
At its June 25, 2012 meeting the board directed MRGCD staff to take measures to identify those who are irrigating without right and initiate appropriate action to stop the illegal irrigation. Those actions could entail a written notification to cease irrigation, locking turnouts, and/or legal action.
Click on the link below for a copy of the revised Water Distribution Policy.