Taos County has amended an ordinance it created in 2010 meant to ensure that proposed water transfers do not violate the welfare of the entire community.
The Taos County Water Advisory Committee is a group of volunteers selected by commissioners to review water transfers. The committee only has the authority to recommend that the county commission submit a protest to the Office of the State Engineer.
The changes adopted this week will give the committee additional resources, such as administrative support, and the creation a library of past water transfers, hydrological data and geologic studies.
The committee’s scope was also expanded to include advising the planning department on water-related issues.
The creation of the committee was part of an effort to develop the Taos Regional Water Plan. The plan intended to articulate the importance of water to the community, and give more weight to arguments for or against water transfers that go before the state engineer.