Water Trust Board

The 2001 Legislature enacted the Water Project Finance Act which created the Water Project Fund in the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) and charged the NMFA with administration of the Fund and the Water Trust Board (WTB).

The WTB is a diverse 16-member board that recommends to the Legislature projects to be funded through the Water Project Fund.  Per New Mexico Statute Annotated (N.M.S.A.) 72-4A-5, Board; duties, the WTB responsibilities are:

“A.   adopt rules governing terms and conditions of grants or loans recommended by the board for appropriation by the legislature from the water project fund, giving priority to projects that have been identified as being urgent to meet the needs of a regional water planning area that has a completed regional water plan that has been accepted by the interstate stream commission; that have matching contributions from federal or local funding sources available; and that have obtained all requisite state and federal permits and authorizations necessary to initiate the project.”

Pursuant to the Act, members of the WTB are:

  • Office of the State Engineer
  • Director of the Department of Game and Fish
  • Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
  • Secretary of Environment
  • Secretary of Finance and Administration
  • Director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Executive Director of the New Mexico Municipal League
  • Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Counties
  • President of the Navajo Nation
  • Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Finance Authority
  • New Mexico Indian Affairs Commission
  • An Environmental Community representative from the public*
  • An Irrigation or Conservancy District Surface Water representative from the public*
  • An Acequia Water Users representative from the public*
  • An Soil and Water Conservation District representative from the public*
  • An Irrigation or Conservancy District Group Water representative from the public*

*Public members are appointed by the Governor for a four (4) year term

The officers of the WTB will be a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and such other officers as the Board may from time to time elect or appoint.  Election of officers is conducted by a majority of current members.  Except for their initial terms of office, the term of office for all officers, is two years ending on June 30.    Any officer may serve any number of successive terms of office.

The Policy Committee and Project Review Committee are made up of members of the WTB, as required to carry out the continuing functions and purposes of the WTB. The responsibility of these committees was established by the WTB to perform the following:

Policy Committee 

Review recommendations by NMFA staff and make recommendations to the WTB, including but not limited to, approval or disapproval of all WTB policies and rules.

Project Review Committee 

Review all project recommendations by NMFA staff and make recommendations to the WTB including, but not limited to, approval or disapproval for all project-related actions of the WTB.

Task Force Committees may be appointed by the Chairman of the WTB as deemed necessary to the functioning of the WTB.  Task Force Committees shall be limited in their jurisdiction to the purpose of their establishment as set forth by the Chairman of the Board. Members of Task Force Committees must be members of the WTB.

Water Trust Board Members 2020

NAME POSITION
John R. D’Antonio, Jr. Water Trust Board Chairman; New Mexico State Engineer
A.J. Forte Executive Director, New Mexico Municipal League
Debbie Hughes Environmental Community Representative
Steve Kopelman Executive Director, New Mexico Counties
Greg Alpers Irrigation/Conservancy District-Surface Water Representative
Jonathan Nez President, Navajo Nation
Robert Baracker Acequia Water Users Representative
Marquita Russel Chief Executive Officer, New Mexico Finance Authority
Richard Luarkie New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Representative
Timothy D. McGinn Irrigation/Conservancy District-Ground Water Representative
Sarah Cottrell Propst Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, Natural Resources Department
Debbie Romero Acting Secretary, New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration
Michael Sloane Water Trust Board Secretary; Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
James Kenney Secretary, New Mexico Environment Department
Brent Van Dyke Water Trust Board Treasurer; Soil and Water Conservation District Representative
Jeff M. Witte Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture

 

Meeting Dates, Agendas, Minutes

MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
October 29, 2020 Agenda
July 30, 2020 – MEETING CANCELLED N/A N/A
May 7, 2020 Agenda N/A
April 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
November 20, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 25, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 8, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
November 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 1-2 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
November 29, 2017 Agenda Minutes
October 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
November 29, 2016 Agenda November 29, 2016
November 3, 2016 Agenda November 03, 2016
September 28, 2016 Agenda September 28, 2016
July 6, 2016 Agenda N/A
May 11, 2016 Agenda May 11, 2016
April 13, 2016 Agenda
April 13, 2016
January 7, 2016 Agenda
January 7, 2016
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
December 02, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
August 28, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 3, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 29, 2015 Agenda N/A
April 8, 2015 Agenda
Minutes
January 15, 2015 — Meeting Cancelled Agenda
N/A
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
December 03, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 24, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 23, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 09, 2014 Agenda
Minutes
May 21, 2014 Agenda
Minutes
April 23, 2014 Agenda
Minutes
March 12, 2014 Agenda
Minutes
MEETING DATES AGENDAS MINUTES
December 5, 2013 Agenda Minutes
November 2013 Agenda N/A
October 20, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2013 Agenda Minutes
August 21, 2013 Agenda N/A
July 31, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 12, 2013 Agenda N/A
May 22, 2013 Agenda
Minutes
April 24, 2013 Agenda
Minutes
January 09, 2013 Agenda Minutes