Welcome to the New Mexico CAP Entity
WHO ARE WE?
The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity is composed of 15 representatives of counties, municipalities, irrigation districts, and soil and water conservation districts in the four- county region of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna in southwest New Mexico.
WHY DO WE EXIST?
The entity was formed for the purpose of working with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission to support federal legislation securing an additional average of 14,000 acre-feet of water per year and up to $128 million to satisfy water supply needs in southwest New Mexico and/or provide a project or projects to access the additional water on the Gila and San Francisco rivers.
WHAT IS THE LAW?
The legislation is the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 (AWSA).
Additionally, the Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement (CUFA), which was negotiated between Arizona and New Mexico, provides the parameters by which additional water may be diverted.
As part of the United States Supreme Court decree in the Arizona v. California case in the 1960s, New Mexico users lost the right to utilize Gila River water beyond a maximum amount established by a special master to the Court.
The AWSA attempts to reallocate water in the Gila and San Francisco rivers to the users of southwest New Mexico to make the users whole.