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This is the last in the Journal’s five-part series about the growing demand for groundwater on both sides of New Mexico’s border with Mexico. The previous stories have focused on the impact on New Mexico when Ciudad Juárez started pumping water from the Mesilla Bolson, the giant aquifer that straddles the border. Today’s story, which concludes the series, is a snapshot of a New Mexico rancher whose private water pumps compete with those of Mexican farmers along the Bootheel outside the Mesilla Bolson. But the issue is the same – no agreements govern binational use of groundwater, which means, once again, the biggest straw wins. Previous stories were published on June 25 and July 2-4.
FIFTH IN A SERIES