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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:25 pm 
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Or The 12 Dams Of The Gila Valley.

It all started back in 1959 when the Gila valley residents needed to do something about flooding from the side canyons that destroyed irrigation ditches, crops and homes built in the flood plains of the side canyons. The Grant Soil and Water Conservation District, at the request of the residents, formed the Upper Gila Watershed District with its Board of Directors (the Board) with a unanimous vote of the landowners within the proposed District who also voted for a 5 mill levy addition to their property taxes, all legal and proper so far. By 1963 all 12 earthen dams were completed (above is the Maldonado Dam/Catch Basin) and for the next 20 years the Board grew increasingly alarmed at the rapid rate of silt filling the basins .

In 1983 the Board illegally approved a 10 mill levy to help cover the increasing maintenance costs and in 1984, having been tipped off the limit, by statute, was 5 mills, the Board informed the County Assessor not to bill for that year to make it right, but they still needed money so they came up with another scam. The original Watershed District encompassed 3,938 acres along the Gila River between the irrigation ditches on the east to the irrigation ditches on the west side of the river and from 180 to Box Canyon.

Each year the Board submitted to the Assessor a list of names of property owners within the district so in 1984 the board submitted a list of names that encompassed owners who encompassed 26,000 acres which expanded the district 10 miles north of and 3+ miles to the east of the original District with no vote for nor petition from the land owners in the expanded district. Neither the NM Finance Authority nor the County Assessor gave any of it a second thought and its been this ways ever since.

Over the years 2 landowners (and soon a 3rd) have petitioned the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District to be excluded from the Watershed District, story is that they were not only denied but were treated badly, we'll see how the latest petitioners are treated. This year the District tax payers will add another $35,000 to the Boards $175,000 bank account.

In 2012 or 2013, depending who's counting, the Dams reached their 50 year life expectancy and over the last 25 years the Board often considered giving up the whole project but still haven't. Now the CAP, those scheming up the Gila Diversion want to use one of the old dams/catchment reservoir, Winn Canyon (dam #10) to store diverted water and they don't like to talk silt buildup.

All legal references are from NMSA Chapter 73-20-1 through 73-20-24 the "Watershed District Act".


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:22 am 
"flooding from the side canyons that destroyed irrigation ditches, crops and homes built in the flood plains of the side canyons"

Live with the planet, not against it. Basic logic seems to say that one doesn't build in a flood plain, eh?

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