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AG Sues Feds Over Release of Water

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New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is suing the federal government over a recent order that the state send water from Elephant Butte Reservoir to Texas.

King’s office filed suit Monday against the Bureau of Reclamation, saying it illegally reclassified 65,000 acre feet of New Mexico water on its accounting sheets so that that water could be sent to the El Paso County Water Improvement District.

King said the action is illegal under the Rio Grande Compact, which sets an allocation system under which New Mexico, Texas and Mexico share water from Rio Grande.

King said the Bureau of Reclamation unilaterally changed the compact’s water accounting system.

 

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