This website is the online center for public information and involvement in the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System project and the associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
UPDATE: Draft EIS is available for public review here.
PUBLIC MEETINGS: Reclamation held four public meetings in February 2017. View the meeting materials here.
The US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed design and construction of the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The proposed system would serve the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Nambé, Pueblo of Pojoaque, and Pueblo of Tesuque, and county residents within the Pojoaque Basin.
On December 8, 2010, the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-291) was signed into law. Title VI of the Claims Resolution Act, the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act, authorizes (1) the Settlement Agreement; (2) construction of the RWS; (3) acquisition of water rights; and (4) establishment of the Aamodt Settlement Pueblos' Fund. The regional water system would consist of surface water collection facilities at the Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the Rio Grande and treatment, transmission, storage, and distribution facilities that would supply up to 4,000 acre-feet annually to customers within the Pojoaque Basin.
On January 6, 2017, the Notice of Availability of the draft EIS was published in the Federal Register. The draft EIS assesses the impacts on the human environment from the proposed RWS and associated connected actions. Public comments on the draft EIS were accepted through February 27, 2017. Reclamation held four public meetings in February 2017. Materials from the public meetings are available here.