Socorro Soil & Water Conservation  District

"Common Sense Conservation" Since 1944

103 Francisco de Avondo
Socorro, NM  87801

575-838-0078

The Socorro SWCD meets on the second Monday of each month at noon at their office at 103 Francisco de Avondo, Socorro.  Agenda can be found on the Agenda & Minutes page of our website 72 hours prior to the meeting.  

Conservation benefits everyone.  It promotes clean air and water.  It prevents erosion of valuable soil.  It contributes to safe, affordable food and fiber production within our own country.  It protects fish and wildlife, and helps preserve our overall quality of life.
 
The Socorro Soil & Water Conservation District believes that successful conservation depends on effective programs and the voluntary cooperation and conservation efforts of private landowners-especially farmers, foresters and ranchers, who manage nearly seventy percent of the private lands in the contiguous United States.  We believe providing incentives for Socorro SWCD cooperators is the most effective way to promote conservation today, and well into the future.  In this manner, we can protect our natural resources for future generations.

Public Records Inspection Request

The Inspection of Public Records Act is intended to provide the public with access to information governmental affairs. The law requires public access to virtually all public records with a few exceptions most records are available for public inspection.  Each state agency and local governmental entities have designated a records custodian to whom requests to inspect records should be addressed. To request to inspect records from the Office of the Attorney General, please send a written request to:

Records Custodian

Socorro SWCD

103 Francisco de Avondo

Socorro, NM 87801

nyleen@socorroswcd.org

 

For further information regarding the Inspection of Public Records Act, review the OMA /IPRA (NM Sunshine Laws).

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO INSPECT PUBLIC RECORDS

By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of the Socorro Soil & Water Conservation District. The Act also makes compliance with requests to inspect public records an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of the Socorro Soil & Water Conservation District.

A person desiring to inspect public records may submit a request to the records custodian orally or in writing. However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the Act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.

The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three (3) business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall delivered or mailed within fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection.

Procedures for Requesting Copies and Fees

If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of a public record, a reasonable fee may be charged. The fee for documents eleven inches by seventeen inches or smaller is $0.10 per page. The fee for larger documents is $0.25 per page. For records other than documents, the reasonable fee is $6.75 for videos/DVDs and $2.75 for audio tapes. The records custodian may request that applicable fees for copying public records be paid in advance, before the copies are made. A receipt indicating that the fees have been paid for making copies of public records will be provided upon request to the person requesting the copies.