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A Dam Dilemma: Schaefer goes to court to save Rosefield Dam


December 31, 2018

Courtesy of Monty Schaefer

This aerial photograph of the Monty & Tori Schaefer farmstead taken in July 2014 also depicts the Rosefield Dam and spillway (foreground left), and the surrounding wetland they wish to protect by retaining the dam.

Details of a five-year ordeal were laid out in court on Tuesday, Dec. 18, when Monty Schaefer, a Barlow area farmer, sought an administrative appeal of a decision reached by the Eddy County Water Resource District (ECWRD) earlier this year to remove the Rosefield Dam and spillway.

Schaefer purchased the land that the Rosefield Dam and spillway sits upon in 1995. He says the county wasn't aware they had jurisdiction over the dam until recently and therefore did not perform any maintenance on the dam as long as he owned the land. Schaefer has a copy of the Sept. 24, 1936 easement for the dam,...

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