Regional
10:42 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Rio Grande Water Battle

A dispute over New Mexico's water future along the Rio Grande was front and center at a hearing before state lawmakers. Around about 30 lawmakers from around the state met this week in Truth or Consequences to listening to opposing sides of a major Lower Rio Grande Basin legal dispute.

One side says New Mexico river water is being handed away, improperly, to Texas. Another side says New Mexico groundwater is being preserved, rightfully, for use by Dona Ana County irrigators.

The debate centered upon a 2008 legal settlement between Dona Ana County and El Paso County irrigators.

But New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed a federal lawsuit last year, claiming the agreement undermines New Mexico's water future along the Rio Grande.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com



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