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MRGCD Board of Directors Hires New CEO/Chief Engineer
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Derrick J. Lente, announced the selection of Mike A. Hamman as the District's new Chief Engineer and CEO following the retirement of Subhas Shah.
Mr. Hamman, a registered professional Engineer in New Mexico, brings 33 years of engineering and water resources management experience working primarily on New Mexico water resource development projects and issues.
“After a more than six-month search, the Board of Directors determined that the best candidate was someone who has worked directly with the District and could continue a consistency while still bringing about change and progress.” says MRGCD Board Chairman, Derrick J. Lente. “Mr. Shah has served the MRGCD admirably; today marks the beginning of a new era for the District.”
Mr. Hamman comes to the District from the US Bureau of Reclamation, a federal water management agency with 13 projects from the San Luis Valley in Colorado to Fort Quitman in Texas. As Area Manager, he leads a staff of 190 in six field offices that performs operations and maintenance of well fields, diversion dams, large dams and reservoirs such as Elephant Butte, river channel maintenance on the Rio Grande and Pecos basins, water modeling and accounting for project water, and implementation of endangered species programs.
He has worked as a Regional Water Planner for the NM Interstate Stream Commission, Water Utility Director for the City of Santa Fe, and Water Administrator for the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He grew up in Taos and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and the District’s employees to continue the critically important mission of supplying water for agriculture and valley flood protection while advancing partnerships with tribal, local, state and federal agencies in managing and protecting the precious resources that lie within the boundaries on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District” says Mike Hamman as he accepted the position.
Hamman will officially begin his duties on January 19, 2015.
Bernalillo County Commission Honors Retiring MRGCD Chief Engineer
At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the Bernalillo County Commission honored MRGCD CEO/Chief Engineer Subhas Shah for his dedicated service to the Mid-valley.
Shah, who is retiring at the end of 2014, has served the MRGCD and its residents for more than 37 years.
The Bernalillo County Commission issued a proclamation outlining Shah's accomplishments and service.
This honor is just the latest in a string of honors from agencies throughout the valley.
District Wraps up 2014 Irrigation Season
The 2014 irrigation season in the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District was brought to a close on October 31st.
Water will continue to flow in a few canals, delivering water for Pueblo lands through November 15th. Non-Native American irrigators along those canals may also use water if desired, but only with the permission of the ISO (Ditch Rider).
The 2015 irrigation season is slated to begin March 1st.
District Breaks Ground on San Acacia Levee Project
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, along with four other governmental agencies, broke ground on the initial phase of the $287-million San Acacia Levee project.
The reconstruction of the initial six-mile stretch of levee will be constructed by Kirkland Construction out of Colorado and will involve a six-mile stretch to the east of the City of Socorro.
The re-engineered levee will now meet FEMA standards established after Hurricane Katrina and will remove Socorro residents from the flood plain.
The groundbreaking brings to a close more than 65-years of work and negotiation to reconstruct the levee from the District's San Acacia Diversion dam to three miles north of San Marcial.
The District was joined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the City of Socorro, the Interstate Stream Commission and various other dignitaries at the groundbreaking.
The guest of honor at the event was the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works.
Construction is due to begin by the end of 2014 and the initial construction phase will take about two years to complete.
See Video of the event here.
(Video Courtesy: USACE)
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