New Mexico and Texas attorneys painted differing pictures before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as to why water was allowed to evaporate in Brantley Reservoir near Carlsbad instead of being delivered to Texas under the Pecos River Compact.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation held water in the reservoir after Tropical Storm Odile inundated the region in September 2014.
Reclamation released the water in August 2015. By that time, 21,000 acre-feet, or about 6.8 billion gallons, had evaporated. The court-appointed river master later gave New Mexico delivery credit for about 16,000 acre-feet.