(Varela – Santa Fe)
It seems that each session, legislation is introduced to expand the authority of the state engineer over domestic wells. RANM opposes the expansion of that authority. This year’s HB 521 provides that an application for domestic well use may be made by a person, firm or corporation only for the purpose of household or other domestic use, eliminating the use allowed under current law of irrigating less than one acre of noncommercial trees, lawn or garden. The bill was assigned to committees in the House a month ago, but no hearings have been held nor are any scheduled.