Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act
The Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (H.R. 3342), introduced by Representative Ben Ray Luján, would help provide water certainty for thousands of New Mexicans who often face water shortages. The bill would authorize, ratify, and confirm the Settlement Agreement dated January 19, 2006, among New Mexico, the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, the United States, the City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County. The bill, in part, would direct the Secretary of the Interior to plan, design, and construct a Regional Water System to divert and distribute water to the Pueblos. It would also direct the Secretary to acquire rights to specified Nambe reserved water and water acquired by Sante Fe County, and to make a specified amount of water available to the Pueblos.