NOTICE is hereby given that on January 7, 2022, Cash and Adrienne Carruth, 121 North Newby Lane, Bloomfield, NM 87413, filed with the STATE ENGINEER application number SJ-4497 for a Permit to Appropriate Groundwater, 7 acre-feet per annum, within the San Juan Underground Water Basin of the State of New Mexico.

McKinley County, Rio Arriba County, San Juan County, and Sandoval County are the counties affected by the diversion and in which the water will be put to beneficial use. This notice is ordered to be published in the following newspapers: the Gallup Independent for McKinley County, the Rio Grande Sun for Rio Arriba County, the (Farmington) Daily Times for San Juan County, and the Rio Rancho Observer or the Albuquerque Journal for Sandoval County.

The applicants intend to appropriate 7.0 acre-feet of water per annum for industrial, commercial and oilfield use. The water will be sold to oilfield companies for use throughout 4 counties: McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, and Sandoval. The water will be used on land owned by numerous unknown owners. The existing well from which the water will come is numbered SJ-949, and it is approximately 2245 feet deep with 20 inch surface casing and 10-3/4 inch production casing. It is located on Carruth land in the NW/4 SE/4 SE/4 of Section 14, Township 22 North, Range 8 West, N.M.P.M., San Juan County. From the community of Nageezi it is located as follows: approximately 3 miles southeast on US Highway 550, then south southeast on San Juan County Road 7900 for approximately 9 miles to the Escavada Wash, and the well is located south of the wash and approximately 1/2 mile east of CR 7900. The address for the Carruth property is 872 CR 7900.

To view the application and supporting documentation contact the State Engineer District V Office at 100 A Gossett Drive, Aztec, NM 87410, to arrange a date and time for an appointment.

Any person, firm or corporation or other entity asserting standing to file objections or protests shall do so in writing (objection must be legible, signed, and include the writer’s complete name, phone number, email address, and mailing address). If the protest does not include the complete name, phone number, email address, and mailing address, it may be deemed invalid and not accepted for filing unless Protestant provides with the protest an affidavit stating that it does not have one of the above-listed elements/requirements (phone number, mailing address, email address, etc.). The objection to the approval of the application must be based on: (1) Impairment; if impairment, you must specifically identify your water rights; and/or (2) Public Welfare/Conservation of Water; if public welfare or conservation of water within the state of New Mexico, you shall be required to provide evidence showing how you will be substantially and specifically affected. The written protest must be filed, in triplicate, with the State Engineer, 100 A Gossett Drive, Aztec, NM 87410, on or before July 1, 2022. Facsimiles (faxes) will be accepted as a valid protest if the hard copy is hand-delivered or mailed and postmarked within 24-hours of the facsimile. Mailing postmark will be used to validate the 24-hour period. Protests can be faxed to the Office of the State Engineer at 505-334-1536. If no valid protest or objection is filed, the State Engineer will evaluate the application in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 72 NMSA 1978.

Observer: May 1, 8, 15, 2022