Buckman Direct Diversion is managed under a Joint Powers of Agreement between the City and County of Santa Fe, and manages the water rights portfolios for the City, County and the Las Campanas neighboring community that are diverted out of the Rio Grande.  The Buckman Direct Diversion Board is made up of 2 City of Santa Fe Councilors, 2 Santa Fe County Commissioners, an At Large Citizen member and an Alternate Citizen member, plus 2 representatives from the Las Campanas Community.

Under the Joint Powers Agreement for the BDD Project the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, agreed upon in March 2005, the BDD Project Board is responsible for:

  • Diverting, treating, transmitting and delivering surface water by means of the BDD Project to the City and County and Independent Water Systems in accordance with respective diversion allocations and delivery demands;
  • Managing the Owners’ Consultant Contract and supervising the performance of the Owners’ Consultant;
  • Entering into the Design Build Contract and supervising performance of the Design Build Contractor;
  • Entering into the Project Management and Fiscal Services Contract and supervising the performance of the Project Manager; and
  • Entering into the Facility Operations and Procedures Agreement with Las Campanas.

The BDD Project Board’s authority and duties do not encompass:

  • The distribution of water to customers;
  • The assessment or collection of water charges;
  • The regulation of water use by customers or the ownership;
  • Acquisition or permitting of use of water rights or contract rights.

For more information about the BDD Board, visit the Intergovernmental Agreements section.

 

Board Members

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JoAnne Vigil Coppler 

  • BDD Board Chairperson – March 2020
  • BDD Board Member  – March 2018
  • City Council, District 4
  • Email: jvcoppler@santafenm.gov
  • Phone: (505) 955-6811
  • Legislative Committees: Public Utilities, and Public Works
  • Advisory Committees:  Bicycle and Trails, and Solid Waste Management
  • Councilor Vigil Coppler was elected to the city governing body in March 2018 and is serving her first term as City Councilor. Councilor Vigil Coppler is a life-long resident of Santa Fe. Ms. Vigil Coppler graduated from Santa Fe High School, received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s in public administration from the University of New Mexico.
  • JoAnne owns JoAnne Coppler Real Estate, LLC, and is vice-chair of the State Employees Credit Union

 


 

 

 

Anna Hansen

  • BDD Board Vice Chair – March 2020
  • BDD Board Member – March 2017
  • Board of County Commissioners, District 2, Vice Chair
  • Email:  ahansen@santafecountynm.gov
  • Phone:  505-986-6263
  • Santa Fe River Commission
  • Council on International Relations
  • Conservation Voters of New Mexico
  • Sierra Club Member
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association
  • Commissioner Hansen was elected to the Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners in November 2016.  She has served as a Commissioner on the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission from 2007-2015.  Anna served as board member and Chair for the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for 3 years.  In addition, she served as Chair and member of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) from 1999 to 2004.
  • Ms. Hansen established Dakini Design & Photography LLC in 1984.  She worked as Director Community Building and Development for the sustainable residential area of Oshara Village from 20014 to 2010. In 2009, she helped establish Green Fire Times as the art director.

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Romero-Wirth

  • BDD Board – January 2020
  • City Council, District 2
  • Email: cromero-wirth@santafenm.gov
  • Phone:  (505) 955-6815
  • Public Policy, MA from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • UNM Law Degree, admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1998
  • Political Science, BS, Colorado College
  • Committees: 
  • Carol has served on non-profit boards including the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, the Wood Gormley Elementary School PTC, Breakthrough Santa Fe, Santa Fe Prep School and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
  • Over the last thirty years Carol’s work has focused in public policy, government and politics; served as a commissioner on the City Charter Review Commission, and was the first associate director at Think New Mexico.  She has also worked as a public policy consultant on water, environment and sustainability projects, drafted bills for the New Mexico Legislature and staffed the Legislative Council Services.
  • Carol’s New Mexico roots go back generations from Mora, New Mexico.  Carol and her husband, Peter, raised two children in Santa Fe.

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Hamilton

  • BDD Board Member – March 2020
  • BDD Board Chairperson – March 2017
  • Board of County Commisioners, District 4
  • Chair, City of Santa Fe Finance Committee
  • Email:  athamilton@santafecountynm.gov
  • Phone:  505-986-6319
  • Anna has a biology degree from John Hopkins University, Masters in Aquatic Biology and received her PhD in Aquatic Ecology from UNM.  She has a passion for learning about the environmental impact and climate change on rivers, estuaries and wetlands. She has served as the President of the Greater Glorieta Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association to maintain reliable delivery of water to that area. She coordinated funding and infrastructure upgrades for the rural consumers of Santa Fe County in Glorieta. Dr. Hamilton serves on the Santa Fe County’s Water Policy Advisory Board to continue to keep apprised of the changing water policies for Santa Fe County. Dr. Hamilton is also a certified wildland volunteer firefighter for the SFC Glorieta Pass Fire & Rescue district.
  • Besides sitting on the BDD Board as an active member, Dr. Hamilton sits on the SF Solid Waste Management Authority, SF County Investment Committee, North Central Economic Development District Committee and the SF County Capital Improvement Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sig Lindell

  • BDD Alternate Board Member – January 2020
  • City Councilor, District 1
  • Email:  mailto: silindell@santafenm.gov
  • Phone: 505-955-6812
  • Mayor Pro Tempore –
  • Member of the Finance Committee and the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board
  • Ethics and Rules Committee and the Planning Commission, over 10 years
  • Earned her Master’s degree and Doctorate of Education from West Virginia University
  • Kent State University
  • Councilor Lindell was born and raised on a dairy farm in Great Valley, New York but has been in Santa Fe since 1984. While she was not born in Santa Fe she says she got here as soon as she could! This is Councilor Lindell’s second term on the City Council, but she is not new to City Hall.Councilor Lindell was the first person in her family to attend college and earned her bachelor’s degree from Salem College in West Virgina.  Councilor Lindell has worked in a variety of industries before retiring. She was a professor at , and owner of a local small business: the “Signs Now” sign shop in Albuquerque. Councilor Lindell also spent five years working for Homewise Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing organization in Santa Fe which has helped her develop a deep understanding of the community. If she wasn’t doing public service, she’d be doing stand up comedy.Councilor Lindell has been with her partner Maria Sanchez for 23 years.

 

 

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JC Helms, PhD

  • Citizen At-Large BDD Board Member – March 2016
  • SF County Water Policy Advisory Committee
  • Email: westernservices@msn.com
  • President, New Mexico Companies, LLC
  • Harvard College, BA
  • Eberhard-Karls Universitaet-Germany, Fulbright Scholar
  • Harvard University, PhD
  • Mr. Helms grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has lived the past 27 years in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  He has a great interest in water issues for the Santa Fe community.
  • He currently runs his own business New Mexico Companies, which offers both residential and commercial construction, in addition to building affordable housing options for the Santa Fe Community.  He has 43 years of construction and development industries experience, mainly in the Southwest, but has traveled worldwide with contract development ventures for corporations such as Western Services Construction, Hunt Building Corporation, Gerald D. Hines Interests, General Electric, Litton Industries, Rockwell International, Development Corporation, Knight, Frank, Rutley of London and Linbeck Construction of Houston and Iran, along with many other companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Ives

  • Citizen At-Large Alternate BDD Board Member – March 2020
  • Email:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Egelhoff

  • BDD Board Member – Las Campanas Representative – January 2017
  • Email: tegelhoff@clublc.com
  • Director of Agronomy at Las Campanas
  • Rutgers University, Graduate Professional Golf Turf Grass Management Program
  • Ohio Air National Guard Unit
  • US Army Reserve
  • Tom has a passion and particular interests in the environment, water quality and conservation, and birding sanctuaries.
  • Tom is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Rutgers University in the Professional Turf Grass Management Program after deployment to Desert Storm with the Ohio Air National Guard. Tom has been a Golf Course Superintendent at the Club at Las Campanas since 2002. Under Tom’s direction, he has focused on improving turf quality, and improving irrigation water distributions systems at the Club at Las Campanas. As a water conservation advocate, Tom has successfully managed over 150 acre feet of conserved yearly water usage at the Las Campanas golf course.
  • He has been involved with the BDD and water allocation as it pertains to the Club during the planning and construction phases of BDD since 2008.  Tom continues to work on a variety of water and habit conservation measures at the Club, and recently attained Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification at the Club at Las Campanas.

 

 

Jim Lightfoot

  • BDD Board Member – Las Campanas Representative – June 2020 
  • Email: