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File #: R-14-21   
Type: Resolution Status: Enacted and Published
File created: 2/3/2014 In control: City Council
Final action: 2/3/2014
Enactment date: 2/20/2014 Enactment #: R-2014-008
Title: Appropriating Sixty Six Thousand Dollars ($66,000) In Funding For The Acquisition Of Water Rights For The Los Poblanos Fields Open Space (Benton)
Attachments: 1. R-21, 2. R-21Enacted, 3. R-21final
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
2/20/2014 City Clerk Published  Action details
2/20/2014 Mayor Signed by the Mayor  Action details
2/10/2014 City Council Sent to Mayor for Signature  Action details
2/3/2014 City Council Introduced (Immediate Action Requested)  Action details
2/3/2014 President Immediate Action Requested  Action details
2/3/2014 City Council PassedPass Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. R-14-21 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Isaac Benton

RESOLUTION
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Appropriating Sixty Six Thousand Dollars ($66,000) In Funding For The Acquisition Of Water Rights For The Los Poblanos Fields Open Space (Benton)
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APPROPRIATING SIXTY SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS ($66,000) IN FUNDING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF WATER RIGHTS FOR THE LOS POBLANOS FIELDS OPEN SPACE.
WHEREAS, Los Poblanos Field formerly 'Anderson Field', is a significant 138 acre parcel purchased by the City of Albuquerque in 1997 as a Major Public Open Space. By purchasing this property the City preserved lands of historic importance to the community and the traditional agriculture cultivated at the field. Los Poblanos Field provides opportunities to watch sorghum, corn, sun flowers, vegetables and other crops grow with the seasons, while viewing the cranes, geese, and ducks, feeding in the furrow rows and the kestrel hawks and songbirds roosting in the surrounding cottonwood trees. The field is the site of an annual October corn maze, now in its seventh year, a large community garden, hands-on educational activities and an annual celebration of World Tai Chi Day. Walking trails, running courses, and prescription trails are also available; and
WHEREAS, the Open Space Division irrigated the field using water leased back from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility under a ten year agreement. The agreement expired in 2011 and the Open Space Division was able to lease water rights from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District's Water Bank to irrigate the field. However, during these times of drought the water bank is the first water source that is curtailed, which occurred in 2013, and the Conservancy District will have limited to no water available from this source for the 2014 growing season; and
WHEREAS, to continue to irrigate the field, and until permanent water r...

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