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Release Date: 07/17/13
Contacts: Brad Higdon, Planning Coordinator, 575-751-4725    

BLM Seeks Input on a Chimayo Water Tank Proposal

Taos, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office invites the public to comment on an environmental assessment (EA) that considers the proposed Chimayó Water Tank Project.  The EA evaluates the potential impacts of a proposal by the Greater Chimayó Mutual Domestic Water Consumer Association to construct a 100,000-gallon water tank on public lands administered by the BLM adjacent to the village of Chimayó at the northern edge of Santa Fe County. 

If approved, a right-of-way would be granted to the Association for the construction of the tank on a hill to the east of Santa Fe County Road 98 behind the Benny Chavez Community Center.  The location is considered feasible because of its optimal elevation to provide for gravity flow and its proximity to existing infrastructure.

The project is proposed to improve water storage capacity to ensure an adequate water supply is available to meet the demand of current and future users in the village of Chimayó.  The Association’s water system currently serves about 450 water connections.  If built, the system would serve about 1,500 water connections with improved water pressure.  Two of the decommissioned tanks near the proposed location would be removed as part of the project.

The EA is available for review online at  Hard copies of the EA are also available upon request at the Taos Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM. 

The BLM is asking that comments on the EA be submitted by August 16, 2013.  Comments may be submitted in writing to BLM Taos Field Office, Attention: Brad Higdon, 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571 or by email to   For more information or requests for a hard copy of the EA, please contact Brad Higdon at 575-751-4725.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 07-17-2013