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Aamodt Water Settlement Parties Gather For Signing Ceremony At Buffalo Thunder Resort Tuesday

on September 19, 2019 - 10:24am

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Aamodt Settlement Parties gather Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for signing ceremony of Aamodt Settlement clause 611(a). Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post

Pueblo of Pojoaque - The Aamodt Water Settlement parties took another step forward in the implementation of a settlement agreement Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder.

The parties held a signing ceremony that initiates clause 611(a) of the Aamodt Settlement Litigation Act of 2010.
 
The signing ceremony concluded nearly a year of renegotiation by the parties on the
cost-share of the settlement agreement, Aamodt 611(a).

Aamodt 611(a) allows for the parties to renegotiate the cost-share should the real costs exceed the original estimated costs.

The Aamodt 611(a) agreement calls for approximately $15 million in cost-savings and additional financial commitments from each party.  The signing of the agreement allows for the start of construction on the Pojoaque Basin regional water system. Work is expected to begin next year.

“This is going to be a benefit to everybody in the (Pojoaque) Basin,” San Ildefonso Gov. Perry Martinez said. “We look at this for our future generations.”

Pojoaque Gov. Joseph Talachy said, “I especially want to express our appreciation of our federal brothers and sisters for fulfilling their trust responsibilities.”
“It’s been a lengthy road with many hurdles, but we’ve been able to overcome each and every one of them.” Nambe Gov. Phillip Perez said.  

In addition to Gov. Perez, Gov. Talachy and Gov. Martinez, the signing ceremony parties included Gov. Milton Herrera of Tesuque, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe County Commissioners Anna Hamilton and Anna Hansen, Alan Mikkelson of the Dept. of Interior and State Engineer John D’Antonio.

Commissioner Henry Roybal, Santa Fe County District 1 was not in attendance. When reached by telephone Commissioner Roybal stated his absence was due to prior travel commitments. Also not in attendance was Rep. Andrea Romero. Romero could not be reached for comment.

More information on the Settlement Agreement can be found at the Santa Fe County’s website, https://www.santafecountynm.gov/public_works/utilities/aamodt.

Gov. Perry Martinez, Pueblo de San Ildefonso. James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Bureau of Reclamation federal team partners Tracy Goodluck, Pam Miller and Alan Mikkelsen.James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com

Scene from signing ceremony. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com


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