Arch Hurley files protest against Turner Enterprises water request

Chelle Delaney

The Arch Hurley Conservancy District has filed a protest with the Interstate Stream Commission against a request for the diversion of water in Colfax County by Turner Enterprises, Inc., a private company that oversees land holdings and other business interests owned by former media mogul Ted Turner.

The request is to change the diversion point in the Vermejo River Stream System, according to a copy of the request presented at Arch Hurley’s meeting Tuesday.

Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said the diversion was being requested to bring the water to several lakes for habitat and recreational use.

Arch Hurley’s protest states the proposal by Turner Enterprises, Inc. would impair water rights of its members and would be contrary to the water conservation or detrimental to public welfare.

Arch Hurley has been monitoring requests in the Canadian River watershed to protect the flow of water into Conchas Lake.
Conchas Lake is the source of water for the Tucumcari Irrigation Project.

Because of the drought, Arch Hurley has not been