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September 17, 2019 – Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System moves toward construction

The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to constructing a water system to bring safe, reliable drinking water to four Pueblos and parts of Santa Fe County under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement.  On September 17, 2019, Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman joined settlement parties to sign an agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project. She also delivered the signed decision document completing the final environmental impact statement process for the construction.
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February 13, 2019 – Reclamation joins Aamodt Settlement parties to sign agreement and present Record of Decision

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman will join officials from the State of New Mexico, Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque, and Santa Fe County to sign an agreement to move toward construction of a water system to bring safe drinking water to the Pueblos and part of Santa Fe County.  In addition to signing the agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act, Commissioner Burman will deliver the signed decision document completing the final environmental impact statement process for construction.
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Newsletter (January 2018) - Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Final Environmental Impact Statement Available

The Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office (Reclamation), has released the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the environmental effects of constructing a proposed regional water system (RWS) and connected actions in the Pojoaque Basin in north-central New Mexico. Reclamation prepared the Final EIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Indian Health Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Nambé, and Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); New Mexico Department of Transportation; Santa Fe County; and City of Santa Fe.
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Newsletter (January 2017) - Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available

The Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office (Reclamation), has released the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the environmental effects of constructing a proposed regional water system (RWS) and connected actions in the Pojoaque Basin in north-central New Mexico. As the lead federal agency, the Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office (Reclamation), prepared the draft EIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Indian Health Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Nambé, and Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); New Mexico Department of Transportation; Santa Fe County; and the City of Santa Fe.
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January 6, 2017 - Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System

The Bureau of Reclamation released its draft Environmental Impact Statement today for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. The draft EIS analyzes potential environmental impacts of five alternatives for planning, designing and constructing the regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin of north-central New Mexico. A 45-day public comment period is open from January 13 to February 27, 2017. 
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Newsletter (December 2015) - Working Alternatives Developed for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement

The Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, has developed preliminary working alternatives that will be further refined and analyzed in the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement. Reclamation and cooperating agencies have developed five preliminary alternatives for analysis in this Environmental Impact Statement, including the No Action Alternative. These represent the range of reasonable actions that could be taken to satisfy the purpose of and need for Reclamation’s action with respect to the Regional Water System.
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Newsletter (November 2014) - Alternative Development Underway for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement

The Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, is in the process of developing alternatives for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement. This newsletter contains an explanation of the ongoing alternative development process, a discussion of key resource studies, and identification of next steps in the project.
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Newsletter (September 2013) - Public Scoping Report Completed for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Watery System Environmental Impact Statement

The Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, has completed the Public Scoping Report for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement. The report is available for viewing on the Project Documents page. The full report provides detailed results of the public scoping process.
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March 14, 2013 - Secretary Salazar Finalizes Historic Aamodt Water Rights Settlement in New Mexico

As part of President Obama’s commitment to empowering American Indian tribal nations and strengthening their economies, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today joined New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez and leaders from four Pueblo tribes—the Tesuque, Nambé, Pojoaque and San Ildefonso—at the Santa Fe Indian School to execute settlement documents and celebrate the historic New Mexico vs. Aamodt water rights settlement.
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Press Release (February 2013) - Scoping Meetings Planned on Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed construction of the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The proposed system will serve the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque, and County residents within the Pojoaque Basin.
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Newsletter (February 2013) - Bureau of Reclamation Begins Planning Phase of the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office (Reclamation) is proposing to design and construct a regional water system (RWS) serving the Pojoaque Basin in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The RWS would deliver potable water to the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque, and county residents by diverting and treating water from the Rio Grande. 
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