It Begins… Federal Government Sues to Gain Control of Southern State’s Water Supply


It’s an Obama world…
The federal government is suing to gain control of New Mexico’s water supply.
Las Cruces Sun-News reported:

Clearly, it was jolting news the New Mexico Legislature’s Water and Natural Resources Committee wasn’t prepared for.

During Monday’s committee meeting, in the Barbara Hubbard Room at the Pan American Center Annex, lawyers representing the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, and the city of Las Cruces, told the committee that a state Water Court hearing will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, at the Third Judicial Court Complex, 201 E. Picacho Ave., and the future management of state’s water supply could hang in the balance of the hearing’s outcome.

“Why hasn’t this been front-page news?” asked a surprised Clinton D. Harden Jr., a state senator from Clovis. “This is one of the biggest things ever. Frankly, what we’re looking at is under the camel’s nose. This is an unprecedented legal claim to water.”

The lawyers told the committee the U.S. government is apparently trying to take over legal management of the state’s water supply. The federal government has asserted claims for damages to groundwater in a natural resource damage case in New Mexico involving Chevron/Molycorp. The claim seeks for those damages to be awarded in the form of future water rights management.

The federal government’s lawsuit has caught the attention of the Western Governors’ Association.

“Claims by federal trustees of this nature are unprecedented and are of great concern to the Western states,” said Pam O. Inmann, executive director of the Western Governors’ Association, in a letter to Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. “…The ramifications of such legal position extend to the very heart of the Western states exclusive ownership and/or management and control of the groundwater resources within their respective boundaries.”

Jay Stein, a lawyer representing the city of Las Cruces, who has filed as an intervener in the case, said the outcome of the hearing could potentially affect the city’s water supply.

“In the pending water rights adjudication in state district court, here in Las Cruces, the court has turned to the United States’ claims. Foremost among these is the issue of the United States’ claims to “groundwater’ or to “project water in the ground,’ as they have termed it. These claims are not supported by any actual beneficial use of groundwater. Nor are they supported by state law which governs proceedings in the adjudication.

“These water claims are unqualified but potentially could amount to hundreds of thousands of acre-feet per year.”

City Utilities Director Jorge Garcia later added, “If the feds end up owning the groundwater, it would negatively affect any future water planning the city would want to do.”

Some legislators vented their frustrations with federal government.

“This is the first I’ve heard of this contrived conspiracy,” Harden said.

“Many times the federal government has no common sense what so ever,” said Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell.

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  • dba…vagabond trader

    So many busy little commie hands. They know their end is near.

    Stay alert, it is going to get worse.

  • bg
  • John

    While there are some reservoirs in New Mexico, much of the population gets its drinking water from underground sources. So an action like this would be the federal government taking over city and county drinking supplies and basically telling them how many people and/or businesses they could have tapping into it (and since several of the Southern New Mexico aquifers like Capitan Reef loop back into Texas — when the Bureau of Land Management has little sway as compared to other western states — this should be a fun donneybrook in the courts if the feds go ahead with their action).

  • Stonedome

    If the cowboy hat wearing puke face la raza member salazar has his fingerprints on it, you know it has to do with killing off fossil fuel energy production…find the commies in your local government and stop just being concerned…fight back with every means necessary

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  • Blackbird

    Executive order in 3..2..1..
    Because that is the way Obama rolls.

  • rumcrook

    Silly women says feds have no common sense, this is about power & control not common sense.

  • Militant conservative

    Obama= evil.

    Anything he does, no good will come of it.

  • bg


    how soon we forget:

    Executive Order 13547 –Stewardship of
    the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

    ‘Timeline to Global Governance’

    [Means and Methods

    . Unelected boards, councils and commissions. Responsibilities of government are assigned to unelected people – accountable to nobody but the people who are funding them. These unelected bodies are equivalent to communist soviets. They take direction from unseen entities usually national and international bodies to implement the policies, rules and regulations to enable the globalist agenda. …

    . Regionalization. The implementation of regional, unelected government structures cannabalizes the powers of our traditional representative government structures within the legal jurisdictions we all understand. Regional structures are hidden in the sense that they are not recognized by the public and there is no accountability to the public. Here again, unelected regional commissions answer to hidden powers and they implement the agendas of those powers. The agenda is dissolution of our nation – our national sovereignty as the global governance system rises. The war in the Middle East is to create a regional governance structure MEFTA superimposed on existing governments. MEFTA will put the Middle East in the Global trading system under the WTO – which is an organization run by and for the multinational corporations. The WTO and ‘free trade’ agreements are what have been used to gut our economy. They established a rigged game in which American domestic businesses and in fact, any domestic businesses in virtually any country (except Communist China and Socialist India) can’t succeed. These agreements basically sell market share of domestic businesses to multinational corporations – who then flood the market with products (and human capital) at costs lower than the domestic businesses can attain. The domestic business goes out of business – and the multinational picks up the market share.

    . Loss of Private Property Rights – including water rights. Environmental front groups are in the lead on this. The government provides the regulation making it virtually impossible for land owners to keep their property. Environmental groups like Nature Conservancy then steps in to buy the property.

    . Official obliviousness to anarchists and foreigners on our soil demonstrating for rights for non-citizens. They make a pretense of protecting our borders while encouraging illegal aliens in every way possible.

    . They are flooding our labor markets with cheap foreign labor – taking jobs away from American citizens which impoverishes them. It’s difficult for poor people to organize and fight back in any way other than physical destruction. The Congress has become a corrupt government that is for sale to the highest bidders. Impoverished Americans have to pull with a Congress that is bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists.

    . They are selling off U.S. assets – the going out of business sale.]

    much more here (#24) & here (#39) & here (#59) in
    connecting links & threads & there’s still tons more..


  • dba…vagabond trader

    Yup, time to herd all those useless drinkers and eaters off the land. Into crumbling cities to shore up the tax base and fund more entitlement programs for the vote.

  • SeniorD

    This case could go as far as permitting Los Angeles laying claim to the entire Colorado River. Just think what the Democrat Communist Legislature could do with all that water.

    If I remember my Constitutional history, each State is considered sovereign. Mineral and water rights are granted by the State, not the over bearing Federal Regime.

  • EBL

    I hate to say I told you so, but…New Mexico: This is what happens when you vote for Obama.

    Oregon better watch out, what goes around comes around…

  • snap boy

    And after New Mexico, the feds will come after Colorado and Nevada and Iowa. Are all those leaning Obama voters – those with swimming pools, the farmers with irrigation needs, those who water lawns and gardens – watching what the greenies are now doing?

  • njartist49

    This is also what happens when you enter the U.S.A. as a “state”, but the Central Gov’t still owns/controls most of the territory within your so-called state borders; and your faux “state” is just a set of islands within those borders: take a look at a map federal land ownership within states.

  • John

    #13 August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am
    snap boy commented:

    And after New Mexico, the feds will come after Colorado and Nevada and Iowa.

    Depending on the scope of the feds claim to control underground aquifers, they could attempt to use this ruling to branch out.

    Take a look at the map of the Ogallala Aquifer — a substantial portion of its southwestern edge is under Eastern New Mexico. If the government were to claim that any aquifer running beneath N.M. gave them jurisdiction over that entire aquifer, then farmers, ranchers, counties and cities in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota could also see their groundwater rights put under federal oversight.

  • even steven

    Most federal bureaucracies should be eliminated, including the Dept. of the Interior. They are staffed with unionized, tax-sucking, power-mad bureaucrats who do not answer to the citizens of the United States.

  • feduptoo

    Have you heard of the U.N. plan called, Agenda 21? It’s been sitting around at the U.N.for many years now.

    That plan consists of many things, but some are to round people up, put them in a city where they walk to work, walk to shop, and all the other land is grabbed by our Federal government.
    Similar to Obama’s new Chevy Volt Village!!

    You just know that our elites will live where they want to, taking over lands they took!

    They want to control our waterways, and how we use them, including types of boats that would be allowed in waters.

    If the people in NM do not rise up and put an end to this, we will see it start happening everywhere!

  • bobdog

    Does New Mexico engage in interstate commerce?

    Fine. We got this. It’s in the Constitution.

  • Stan

    The war on the West continues unabated. What have we done to deserve this? Oh yeah, most of us vote Republican and the Dimwits are not very happy with that.

  • bg


    dba #10 August 1, 2012 at 9:04 am



    all it’s going to take is a little more time before the death panels (#4) &
    after birth abortions (#45) kick into full speed, and all the electees are set in place.. /serious sarc/

    [please scroll threads for more]

    again, we are not the target per se..

    our, being further indoctrinated (as i type) by the
    already brainwashed, future generations are..