The 2012 New Mexico Legislature eliminated any additional funding for the Navajo water “settlement” after several members of the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association testified against any more funding. Prior to the session, interim committees and the State Engineer (Mr. D’Antonio) had recommended $15 million in capital outlay funding for Indian water settlements (Navajo, Taos, Aamodt). By the end of the session, the Legislature authorized $ 0 (zero) capital funding for the Navajo project or the others.
The San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association testified against any additional funding for the Navajo “settlement” at hearings before the House Energy & Natural Resources Committee; the House Agriculture & Water Committee; the Senate Finance Committee;, and the Senate Conservation Committee. Mike Sullivan, Jim Fisher and Jim Lukow testified that the Navajo project should not be funded, particularly the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline. Victor Marshall also provided information. The proposed “settlement” may be rejected by the court, and the pipeline may not be funded by the federal government.
So the State should not spend any more money on a project that might not happen.
The San Juan Agricultural Water Users have no position on the Taos or Aamodt settlements, and they do not oppose the Farmington-Shiprock pipeline. But the public should not spend any money on the rest of the proposed Navajo water deal.