Opposition Grows for Water Transfer to Santa Fe

Staff Report

The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission is protesting the idea of running a pipeline 150 miles from Fort Sumner in east-central New Mexico to deliver water to the Santa Fe area.

The protest to the state engineer's office joins protests from the Carlsbad Irrigation District, water delivery agencies in Artesia and Roswell and others.

Interstate Stream Commission director Estevan Lopez says the agency wants assurances there will be no additional impact to the hydrology and the river.

Berrendo LLC proposes building a pipeline to transfer 6,600 acre-feet of water rights each year to the Santa Fe area.

The company has said studies show the aquifer in the Fort Sumner underground water basin has a sustainable supply of groundwater in excess of 100 years.