A new board member of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District has begun his service with the group.
Stuart Joy was appointed to the District 5 seat by the other four board members at a May 29 meeting, and he was sworn in Tuesday morning.
He replaces Bill Netherlin, who resigned recently after about 18 years.
“He left on good terms,” said PVACD Superintendent Aron Balok. He explained that Netherlin just expressed a desire to have time for other interests, after so many years of service.
Joy is filling a term that will expire in November 2021. He said that he intends, at this point, to seek election to the seat after that.
Joy said he is from an Artesia farming family that has had water rights in the area served by the conservancy district for “about 100 years.”
He has worked with the Artesia office of Enviro-Ag Engineering Inc. since September 2014. The firm provides professional consulting services for agricultural operations and other businesses and property developers.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Loving Christian University and Texas Tech Engineering. He earned his master’s in civil engineering from Colorado State University.
He said he has an interest in learning more about the work of the conservancy district and in preserving water rights for the people it serves.
“Water rights issues and water conservation for the PVACD, that definitely hits close to home for me,” he said. “Also I just have an interest in water, which is one of the reasons that I pursued a career in engineering. That was my original motivation. I have ended up doing more environmental work, but that is what originally inspired me. So when this opportunity came up, and Bill (Netherlin) approached me, I felt like it was a good fit.”
Established in 1932 by court order, the district’s mission is to monitor and conserve the waters in the artesian basin that stretches from north of Roswell to the Brantley Reservoir area near Carlsbad. About 100,000 residents in Chaves and Eddy counties are within the district’s boundaries, and the district has a $6.35 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
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