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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-11-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Upper Fruitland Irrigation Project Funding
SB SJM71
ANALYST Woods
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of SJM 71
Senate Joint Memorial 71 requests that the New Mexico congressional delegation to fully find
the costs of renovation of the Upper Fruitland Irrigation Project. There is no appropriation at-
tached to this legislation.
Specifically the memorial notes that:
the Upper Fruitland irrigation project was built in 1933 and subsequent years
as part of the works project administration program and runs along the south
side of the San Juan river close to the Nenahnezad area; and
the irrigable acreage of the Upper Fruitland irrigation project is three thousand
six hundred seventy-five acres that was divided into small tracts for the tribal
members living in the vicinity to make beneficial use of the land; and
approximately four hundred families were served by the project when it was
completed; and
the Bureau of Indian affairs of the Department of the Interior had been re-
sponsible for funding the operation and maintenance of the Upper Fruitland ir-
rigation project until the responsibility for funding the operation and mainte-
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nance of the Upper Fruitland irrigation project was transferred to the Navajo
Nation; and
approximately five hundred acres remain under cultivation by the original pro-
ject, and between 1959 and the late 1990s, seepage from the main irrigation
ditch was stemmed by lining it with concrete and later adding a siphon to pre-
vent excessive evaporation, also major renovation of the head gate at the point
of diversion from the San Juan river through federal and Navajo Nation ap-
propriations; and
the Navajo Nation has not been able to keep up with the funding of the exten-
sive maintenance needed on the Upper Fruitland irrigation secondary irriga-
tion system, which is in need of capital improvement funds to continue deliv-
ering water to the fields of the Navajo families who still rely on the crops they
grow to provide or supplement their family incomes; and
the Upper Fruitland irrigation project will be a beneficiary of the San Juan
river court settlement once it is adopted by congress, at which time some addi-
tional money will be available for the maintenance and operation of the pro-
ject when the settlement is eventually acted upon, but repairs are needed now.
The memorial resolves that the New Mexico congressional delegation be requested to work with
the Shiprock irrigation operations and maintenance office of the department of water resources in
the division of natural resources of the Navajo Nation and obtain a congressional appropriation
for one million dollars ($1,000,000) to upgrade and repair the secondary irrigation system of the
Upper Fruitland irrigation project; and
The memorial further resolves that copies of this memorial be transmitted to all members of the
New Mexico congressional delegation, to the president of the Navajo Nation, to the San Juan
water users, incorporated, and to the Shiprock irrigation operations and management office of the
department of water resources of the division of natural resources of the Navajo Nation.
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