Photo Credit | Mark & Cheri Schumann

Northwest Well Protest – Resolved!

After nearly eight years, from 2011 to 2018, the citizens’ protest against the City of Santa Fe’s proposed excessive pumping of the NW Well was concluded successfully.  The NW Well Settlement Agreement between the Protestants, the City and the State Engineer’s Office accomplished the three goals we set out to achieve.

  • Future pumping of the NW Well has been reduced from the proposed 900 acre feet per year down to 650 afy.
  • The City’s ambitious plan to expand their water rights portfolio has been curtailed to a reasonable level.
  • The City has implemented the NW Well Monitoring Program as required by the Agreement.  Data from this program will be used to monitor water levels in the aquifer, the crucial source of our private well water supply.