A Note to Current Irrigators
The MRGCD staff has recently received a number of calls regarding the upcoming notification to persons who may have sold and/or transferred their water right. This notice is informing them that they are obligated to procure an alternative source of water to continue irrigation via MRGCD facilities. There appears to be a great deal of misinformation and rumor regarding this issue.
The MRGCD wants to be clear that the /only/ persons who will have any burden to demonstrate that they are currently irrigating their tract under a valid source of water are individuals who have been identified by records of the New Mexico State Engineer as having sold, transferred, or conveyed their water rights, and for which property the OSE has no current “lease back” or other source of irrigation water recorded.
There is no general burden of any kind on any irrigator within the MRGCD that does not fall into this narrow category.
In other words, if your property is not on the records of the State Engineer as having sold or transferred water rights to another use or location, absolutely nothing changes for you or your irrigation.