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Attention Corrales Irrigators
Due to the need to inspect the Corrales siphon, Water deliveries to Corrales will end early this season. The last day for irrigation was planned for October 15th. However the siphon contractor has been delayed a few days, and we have heard that a few Corrales irrigators were caught unawares when the canal was shut off. As a result we are briefly resuming deliveries into Corrales through the weekend. Water will be shut down on Sunday evening, and an earthen plug will be placed upstream of the siphon on Monday. This work must be closely coordinated with Sandia Pueblo and their irrigation needs. No additional water deliveries will be possible after Sunday evening (10.19.2014).
Water Bank Deliveries have resumed
Upstream flows have risen due to recent rain and cooler temperatures. Colorado is allowing more water to pass downstream into New Mexico, and we expect this to continue through the remainder of October. The calculated natural flow available to the MRGCD is now above the curtailment threshold published in Rule 23, and deliveries to Water Bank users are now permitted in all Divisions..
CEO/Chief Engineer Honored for Service
MRGCD CEO/Chief Engineer, Subhas Shah was honored by the Valencia County Commission for his service to the middle valley over the past 37 years.
The Commission recognized Shah's accomplishments by proclamation, read into the record at its September 17, 2014 meeting.
Shah has been Chief Engineer of the MRGCD since the mid 70's and has served for seven different New Mexico Governors and seven Albuquerque Mayors.
Shah is set to retire in November of this year.
Read the full proclamation here.
MRGCD and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sign-Off on San Acacia Levee Project
Representatives of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) signed a Project Participation Agreement for the San Acacia levee project.
MRGCD Board of Directors Vice Chariman, Adrian Oglesby and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Engineer, Lieutenent Colonel Patrick Dagon, signed the agreement at the MRGCD Board of Directors meeting, August 11, 2014.
The project will replace 43 miles of spoil bank levees along the west bank of the Rio Grande from the San Acacia Diversion Dam to Tiffany Junction.
The engineered levee will vary in height from 2 feet to 15 feet and will offer residents in the area protection from potential flooding. This levee will remove all residents west of the structure from the flood plane.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $287,000,000.
Barelas Has New Bosque Access
The City of Albuquerque dedicated a new pedestrian pathway from the Barelas neighborhood to the Bosque on the eastside of the Rio Grande.
The MRGCD granted the City a license to put a pedestrian and bike bridge across the Riverside Drain. With the bridge in place a walkway was built leading to Tingley Drive and into the Bosque.
The total cost the project was roughly $550,000, paid by the City of Albuquerque.
Board of Directors Approves FY15 Budget
The MRGCD Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2015 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and running to June 30, 2015.
The budget was approved on a 5 to 2 vote and includes a 5% increase in the ad valorem mill rate and a $3.00/acre (10.7%) increase in water service charge.
Links to the approved budget and budget resolution are below:
FY15 Budget Revenue (Approved)
FY15 Budget Expenses (Approved)
FY15 Budget Resolution
Questions concerning the budget should be directed to the MRGCD General Offices at 1931 Second St., SW, Albuquerque, NM or by phone at (505) 247-0234.
MRGCD Involved in Five-Point Water Conservation and Management Plan for Valley
Key governmental jurisdictions and agency leaders, including representatives from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, recently completed a series of roundtable discussions that have resulted in a study and plan to Maximize the Water Supply of the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
The discussion and subsequent water plan, are the result of Senate Memorial 8, sponsored by State Senator Michael Padilla and passed by the New Mexico State Senate during the 2013 legislative session.
The plan outlines five significant ways to maximize the water supply in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
MRGCD staff participants in the roundtable discussions included Chief Engineer, Subhas Shah; Hydrologist, David Gensler; Assistant Engineer, Ray gomez; and MRGCD Directors, Adrian Oglesby, Karen Dunning and Eugene Abeita.
A complete copy of the Senate Memorial 8 water plan may be viewed at the following link:
Maximizing the Middle Rio Grande Water Supply
MRGCD and AMAFCA Exchange Honors
At its regularly scheduled board meeting, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority Board of Directors received an honor from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, presented by Chief Engineer/CEO, Subhas Shah.
Shah presented AMAFCA Board Chairman Tim Eichenberg with a proclamation honoring the Flood Control Authority for it's 50 years of service to the Albuquerque area.
"AMAFCA" has been a good partner over the years to the MRGCD and our collaboration has benefited the Flood Control Authority as well as the Conservancy District." says MRGCD Chief Engineer/CEO, Subhas Shah. "Hopefully we can continue to work together to better the Middle Rio Grande Valley." Shah adds.
Following the award by the District, AMAFCA Chairman Eichenberg presented Mr. Shah with an award for his more than 35 years of service to the District and the people of the middle valley.
Shah announced in November his intention to step down as Chief Engineer/CEO of the District effective December of 2014. Shah will then stay on with the District in a consultative role for the next six to 12 months.
Shah Started as Chief Engineer of the District in 1977.
A Retirement and Succession Plan is Announced for CEO/Chief Engineer
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Chief Engineer/CEO Subhas Shah and the MRGCD Board of Directors have announced the retirement and succession plan for the Mr. Shah.
Shah has served as MRGCD Chief Engineer/CEO for 36-years and will continue his employment as CE/CEO with the District until December 1, 2014. Mr. Shah has agreed to pass on his extensive knowledge of the district, gained during his long tenure, to his successor.
In his Announcement of Retirement Mr. Shah thanked those who helped him in his journey with the MRGCD, a life journey.
"I have been reflecting on how the MRGCD has profoundly changed my life. It has been a challenging career for a young engineer with no political know-how and to survive within a notoriously political agency that controls the most precious water and land resources in the State of New Mexico. My time at the MRGCD has taught me so much, and the hands-on experience is something that you can never learn in school …. believe me on that one!" said Shah. "The District has been my life. When I say “District,” I don’t mean just the ditches, dams, buildings, vehicles, and computers that make up the physical side of the MRGCD. “District” means all of you – the employees, the board members, the residents, the irrigators – everyone who has worked to keep this sliver of green oasis in the desert alive, well and thriving. YOU all have been my life and I have worked for all of you. I hope I have done a good job. "
The more than 100 people in attendance at the meeting gave Mr. Shah a standing ovation.
“Subhas Shah has been a dedicated public servant and has led the District through a period of many challenges and great changes.” says MRGCD Board Chairman Derrick J. Lente.
The District will begin the search for a replacement in the coming weeks and will take the necessary time needed to find a professional replacement for the Chief Engineer’s position.
To read Mr. Shah's entire speech, click here.