The New Mexico State Engineer’s Office has denied the request twice before on the grounds that there was no buyer to put the water to beneficial use, but the ranch is back for a third try, this time before a new state engineer.
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is representing local ranchers and the Gila Conservation Coalition, which oppose the plan. Tribal governments, federal agencies, acequia associations and local governments in Socorro and Catron counties have also formally opposed the project, according to NM Political Report. Las Cruces Sun-News
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