Native American Water Rights Settlement Project


Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Tesuque


Aamodt Litigation Settlement


Nambe Indian Reservation, Pojoaque Indian Reservation, San Ildefonso Indian Reservation, Tesuque Indian Reservation




Rio Grande Basin

Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)

Rio Pojoaque Basin


State of New Mexico et al. v. Aamodt et al., No. 66cv06639, USDC, DCNM

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Settlement agreement



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Settlement Agreement: Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement (Apr. 19, 2012). 66cv06639, USDC, DCNM. (final signatures Mar. 27,2013) Parties: Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso & Tesuque, US, NM, Santa Fe County, City of Santa Fe. The key provisions of the Aamodt settlement include: 1) constructing a Regional Water System; 2) providing non-Indians a choice of whether to join the settlement and upon joining, a choice of whether to connect to the Regional Water System for domestic water; 3) relinquishment of existing Pueblo claims against non-Indians who join the Settlement; 4) closing the Pojoaque Basin to new water right development following the court’s approval of the settlement; 5) metering all water uses in the basin; 6) limiting Pueblo water use; and 7) protecting existing uses. ◊ The Regional Water System is a pipeline and water distribution system which will have capacity to deliver water from the Rio Grande to the four Pueblos and to non-Indian residents. The system provides 2,500 acre-feet per year (afy) for Pueblo consumptive use. It also allows Santa Fe County to “piggy back” onto the system for up to 1,500 afy to serve existing non-Indian domestic well owners who choose to connect to the system and all future groundwater water users. It creates an impairment fund and a water system connection fund. The Agreement has been conformed to the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act, PL. No 11-291, Title VI, Sec. 602 et seq., 124 Stat. 3064, 3134 (2010). It requires entry of final decree(s) and interim administration order. Court has continuing jurisdiction to enforce the terms, provisions, conditions of the agreement the Interim Administrative Order and the Final Decree. [Source: NM Office of the State Engineer]


Settlement Agreement for water rights of Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso & Tesuque.70 pages

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