Case Work: Water

Aquifer Science LLC Water Rights Application

LOCATION: East Mountains of Albuquerque
INITIATION DATE: January 2011
CLIENTS/PARTNERS: Several Neighborhood organizations and scores of individual residents 
OPPOSING PARTIES: Aquifer Science, LLC (Vidler Water Co. and its partner Campbell Farming Corp)
STATUS: On-going
ATTORNEYS: Jon Block

SUMMARY:

In 2012, the New Mexico State Engineer denied a permit to Aquifer Science, a company seeking water for a luxury development slated for the East Mountains. The State Engineer adopted one of our arguments: there is no more groundwater in the East Mountains to give out. Aquifer Science appealed. NMELC is now in court defending the decision.

LATEST NEWS:

01/29/2019 – 2nd Judicial District Court denies Aquifer Science Application. Read our press release.
05/12/2017 – NMELC files Reply to Aquifer Science’s Opposition to Motion to Compel. Reply to Opposition to the Motion to Compel 
04/11/2017 – NMELC files Motion to Compel Amount of Attorney Fees. Motion to Compel
04/11/2017 – NMELC files Motion for Summary Judgment. Motion for Summary Judgment
11/19/2014 – Aquifer Science files notice of appeal in District Court.
11/14/2014 – State Engineer denies Aquifer Science’s application. State Engineer order denying Aquifer Science’s application
05/27/2013 – Hearing resumes on May 30th in Santa Fe through May 31st. The hearing picks up again on June 25th through June 28th.
03/18/2013 – Hearing scheduled to begin on March 25th at 9 am in Santa Fe. The hearing will be in the Bataan Memorial Building, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. This hearing is open to the public.
02/25/2013 – NMELC files Protestants’ Response to the Water Rights Division’s Motion to Strike and Response to Aquifer Science’s Motion for Leave to File Surreply, and Response to Alternative to Motion to Strike. Protestants’ Response to the Water Rights Division’s Motion to Strike Protestants’ Response to Aquifer Science’s Motion for Leave to File Surreply, and Response to Alternative to Motion to Strike
02/01/2013 – Filed reply to Aquifer Science response and the Water Rights Division response to Protestants’ Motion for Summary Judgement. Reply to Responses to Protestants’ Motion for Summary Judgement
01/07/2013 – NMELC files Protestants’ Motion for Summary Judgement. Protestants’ Motion for Summary Judgement
07/29/2011 – NMELC files Response to Applicant’s Motion to Amend it’s Application. Response to Motion to Amend Application.
06/15/2011 – NMELC files Exhibits that will be used at the trial. Filed NMELC Exhibits and Index. Index in PDF format.