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In the latest chapter of a decadelong water rights fight, an Albuquerque judge on Tuesday rejected an application that would have given a developer access to more than 100 million gallons of groundwater annually for a massive planned community in the East Mountains.
State District Judge Shannon Bacon determined that the proposal would impair existing water rights and was contrary to the conservation of water. She said the applicant, Aquifer Science, failed to “consider climate change in preparing its water demand or hydrologic analyses.”
It’s not clear what the determination means for the future of the development or how the company plans to move forward. Attorneys for Aquifer Science could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Representatives of the Campbell Ranch development also did not respond to a request for comment from the Journal.