2017 MRGCD Election
June 6, 2017
for Board of Directors
Declaration of Candidacy Forms and Petitions
Will Be Available Beginning March 6, 2017 at
MRGCD General Office
1931 2nd Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Seats Open Are:
Position No. 3 - Director for Bernalillo
Position No. 4 - Director for Bernalillo
Position No. 6 - Director for Socorro County
Position No. 7 - Director for Sandoval County
For more information regarding candidacy requirements contact
Ms. Jeanette Bustamante, Acting Election Officer
505-247-0234 ext. 1329
For election forms and other information, click here.
2017 Irrigation Season Begins
March 2, 2017
The MRGCD began its 2017 Irrigation Season on March 1. Our crews are out now, cleaning debris from the canals, and getting things back up and running after the winter. Diversions have started at Angostura and Isleta Dams. Water is now starting to run in Bernalillo, Valencia, and Socorro counties. Crews will be focused on charging the system for the next few weeks, and we don’t expect to be making many water deliveries until later in the season. However if your farm requires early water, check with your local ISO (irrigation system operator) for water availability.
Good news for irrigators. The winter has been good to us. At the moment there is ample snow in the mountains and we anticipate a good runoff this spring. The Rio Chama in particular is expected to produce a lot of water through May, June, and even well into July. Although Rio Grande Compact restrictions currently limit how much we can store, the strong runoff combined with what we retained in storage from 2016 should enable us to provide water throughout the 2017 season. As usual we have to caution that its only March, and conditions can change, but at present this appears to be the best set of spring conditions we have seen since at least 2005.
To view a video of the Albuquerque Main Canal charging, click here.
BOSQUE VEHICLE ACCESS PERMITS
2017 Bosque Vehicle Access Permits are now available for purchase!
Locks will be changed to the 2017 key on Tuesday, January the 24th, 2017.
Permits may be purchased at the following locations:
MRGCD General Office:
1931 2nd St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
MRGCD Belen Division Office
25 General Baca Rd.
Belen, NM 87002
Monday - Thursday, 6:30 am to 3:30 pm
MRGCD Cochiti Division Office
31 Carro De Caballos
Pena Blanca, NM
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
District Responds to
In an Editorial to the Albuquerque Journal, the Chairman of the Board of Directors outlined the District position on the recent news release issued by the WildEarth Guardians accusing the District of water mismanagement.
Following consultation with the MRGCD Water Attorney, Chairman Derrick J. Lente signed the OP/ED piece stating the District Position.
The Editorial, as it appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on August 27, 2016 can be found at here.
MRGCD Releases Results of 2015 Drain Outfall Monitoring for Silvery Minnow
The purpose of the "Drain Outfall Study" is to assess the habitat suitability of selected MRGCD drain outfalls as refugial habitat for the endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow and other fish species and to evaluate fish utilization of these areas during summer drying events.
Please click on the links below for the 2014 and 2015 studies.
2015 Drain Outfall Monitoring Results
Board of Directors Approves FY17 Budget
The Board of Directors passed a resolution approving the proposed budget which will now be forwarded to the State Finance Authority for approval.
Click on the links below for information on the FY17 budget.
Federal Judge Rules in Favor of MRGCD in Silvery Minnow Case
An Endangered Species Act lawsuit filed by the WildEarth Guardians (WEG) against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleging that those agencies were not consulting with regard to actions needed to avoid jeopardy to the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow (RGSM). A motion to dismiss by the agencies has been ruled upon by United States District Judge, Robert Brack.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) joined the lawsuit as an intervenor when WEG claimed in its suit that the BOR should be regulating the MRGCD when it came to water delivery to farmers in the middle Rio Grande valley.
“The Federal Judge in this case recognized that the Conservancy District is doing its job in accordance with all laws and regulations.” says MRGCD CEO/Chief Engineer Mike Hamman. “The District will continue to work with all partner agencies in an attempt to secure the future of the Minnow while continuing our mission of supplying water to our irrigators.”
Judge Brack also ruled that how Federal agencies exercise their discretion in developing a biological assessment with regard to species management of the RGSM was not something over which the Federal Court has jurisdiction. The result was to dismiss those aspects of the case having to do with delivery of water by the MRGCD to irrigators.
The judge did, however, refuse to dismiss those aspects of the case relating to actions of the Federal agencies in implementing an existing biological opinion from 2003. Those issues will likely be moot because a new biological opinion will be issued in early 2016. The judge also refused to dismiss WEG’s claims that the Corps of Engineers is violating the ESA by not consulting on its own water operations.
Read the full versions of the court ruling below.
WEG vs USBOR, USACE, MRGCD - Document 69
WEG vs USBOR, USACE, MRGCD - Document 70