HOUSE BILL 579
48th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2007
RELATING TO WATER; AMENDING A SECTION OF THE NMSA 1978 TO ALLOW APPOINTMENT OF A WATER MASTER ONLY UPON APPLICATION BY A MAJORITY OF WATER USERS IN A DISTRICT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
Section 1. Section 72-3-2 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1907, Chapter 49, Section 14, as amended) is amended to read:
"72-3-2. WATER MASTERS--APPOINTMENT--REMOVAL--DUTIES.--[Sec. 14.] The state engineer shall, upon the written application of a majority of the water users of any district in this state, appoint a water master for such district in the state, who may, for cause, be removed by the state engineer and shall be removed upon a petition of a majority of the water users of [said] the district. The water master shall have immediate charge of the apportionment of waters in [his] the water master's district under the general supervision of the state engineer, and [he] the water master shall so appropriate, regulate and control the waters of the district as will prevent waste. [The state engineer may, if in his opinion the public safety or interests of water users in any district in the state require it, appoint such water master for temporary or permanent service in such district in the absence of the application above provided for in this article.]"
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