Abeyta Settlement
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Galloping horses depicted in large oil paintings on the walls of the meeting room at the Sagebrush Inn added an energizing backdrop to a steady stream of impassioned speakers at two meetings Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 21-22) about the Abeyta Water Rights Settlement. more
After more than three years, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the environmental impact of the Abeyta Water Rights Settlement. more
On the shoulder of U. S. Highway 64 with Taos Mountain, Taos mesa and El Prado Water and Sanitation District's newest well site as a backdrop, Cliff Bain and Ted … more
Emblazoned with the letters DRAFT set crosswise on the cover, a stapled copy of the Water Quality Report from Midway Well number 5 lay on the board room table in front of John … more
Two public meetings about the implementation of Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement, aka Abeyta Settlement, will be scheduled in the next few months in … more
Ranchos-area water plan calls for centralization amid Abeyta Settlement implementation An evaluation and master plan for water infrastructure and services in the Taos … more
Guardians of Taos Water, the loose coalition of water protectors and activists that has been drawing attention to a complex water rights settlement in the Taos Valley, will be hosting a public forum … more
The New Mexico branch of the International Indigenous Youth Council is hosting a prayer run Sunday (April 14) to bring attention to water issues in the Taos Valley. more
So you’re curious about the Abeyta Settlement. You’ve read our news articles about it, talked with your neighbors and “just heard things.” But what if you want to actually … more
A district court judge in Taos issued a preliminary injunction today (April 2) that prevents a loose association of water protestors from staging further action at a water well in El Prado. Buck … more
The Abeyta Settlement is a  complex water-sharing agreement among the major water users in the Taos Valley, like the town of Taos, Taos Pueblo, acequias and El Prado Water and Santitation … more
More than anything else, the action was meant to draw a collective focus to what they say are worrying aspects of the Abeyta Settlement -- the unknown impacts of drilling more than a dozen wells, potentially fueling growth in the valley that is unsustainable. Judging by the crowd the action drew and the response it has prompted from some officials involved in the settlement, it worked. more
The settlement is essentially a water-sharing agreement for the Taos Valley. Here's some answers to common questions about the Abeyta Settlement. more
The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y Arroyo Seco voted Saturday (March 16) not to pay its membership dues to the Taos Valley Acequia Association as a protest over what … more
Buck Johnston breezed through the front door of the Taos County Adult Detention Center Monday (March 18) with a smile on his face after spending a night in jail on misdemeanor charges for climbing a … more
Song and drumming filled the morning as a local water activist finished his four-day action atop a 60-foot-tall drilling rig. Buck Johnston climbed up the machinery on U.S. 64 Thursday (March 14) … more
The water activist who on Thursday (March 14) climbed a water well drilling rig plans to come down Sunday morning. “Buck [Johnston] plans to descend the tower by 10 a.m. on Sunday (March 17). … more
The protest at the site of a well drilling rig is in its second day Friday (March 15), which started around dawn with the arrest of one person. Zachary Trujillo was arrested by New Mexico State … more
A group of self-described water protectors have initiated a nonviolent prayer action at a water well site in Taos County Thursday (March 14) to draw attention to implementation of the Abeyta … more
Greetings fellow Taoseños! I would like to introduce our organization, Guardians of Taos Water, to the broader Taos community and clarify our intentions. We are a group comprised of local water … more
The Abeyta Water Rights settlement was years in the making, but 2019 looks to be the year that some ideas written into the massive court negotiation are finally tested in the real world. Most … more
While demonstrators inspected the well site, several indigenous women offered prayers. Among them was Taos resident Pat McCabe, who said water protectors, many of whom participated in the pipeline resistance at Standing Rock, sought out the leadership of elder women. more
Taos County Commissioner Candyce O'Donnell wants the county to affirm its local support of the Paris Agreement, the global commitment to tackle climate change that was … more
Tuesday (Oct. 9) During its 4 p.m. Tuesday meeting, the Taos town council will ratify a grant for the Abeyta water project and consider approving a $57,600 payment to El Prado Water and Sanitation … more
The vote passed 3 to 2, with councilors Darien Fernandez and Pascualito Maestas voting against accepting roughly $2.8 million. more
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