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Fri Jan 5, 2018, 02:26 AM

At War Over Water, Texas And New Mexico Will Face Off Next Week At The Supreme Court

As the state’s population booms, water – or the lack of it – is becoming an increasing problem in west Texas. Each drop is precious. On January 8, Texas and New Mexico are headed to the Supreme Court to give their oral arguments in a dispute over an 80-year-old compact involving water from the Rio Grande. Texas claims New Mexico hasn’t been handing over the state’s allocated share of water, leaving its residents and their pecan trees high and dry.

As soon as the Ramirez Pecan farm in Clint, Texas opens on a Saturday morning, it gets busy. Several customers are walking through the farm’s 300 trees, buckets in hand, collecting pecans while others buy pre-packaged ones in the small gift shop.

Lupe Ramirez runs the family farm.

“My grandmother works here. My aunt works here. My uncle comes in often. My dad stops in when permitted by health. My mom comes out here and does baking. I’m out here,” Ramirez says.

In recent years, getting enough water for the 10-acre farm has become a challenge. About five years ago, Ramirez had to install pumps for groundwater. Lately there just hasn’t been much water in the Rio Grande for farmers like him who live near the end of the 1,800-mile river.

Read more: http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/at-war-over-water-texas-and-new-mexico-will-face-off-next-week-at-the-supreme-court/#

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

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Fri Jan 5, 2018, 02:41 AM

1. sorry but I live in New Mexico...

residents here are always cautious about how much water we use because having an ample water supply is always pounded into our heads about how much water we use. Texas is trying to STEAL what water we have. Texas does noit deserve more water to the detriment of people who live in New Mexico.

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:31 AM

2. Your former State Engineer would disagree

Steve Reynolds said after New Mexico was forced to pay millions for shorting Texas under the Pecos River compact that only an idiot would open up a lawsuit on the Rio Grande Project (the waters from Elephant Butte) because everybody new that New Mexico was stealing river water through their groundwater pumping. Ag water accounts for 80% or more of the water used in New Mexico. Attorney General King had visions of being governor and pressed the suit. It's going to cost New Mexico millions plus a bunch of water. What folks in Albuquerque and Santa Fe never seem to have an answer for is the question: "Why haven't the folks most directly affected by the alleged theft of water by Texas - the farmers in the Mesilla Valley - as represented by the Elephant Butte Irrigation District - joined in the suit?" It's because they understand and accept the current operating agreement. Texas isn't stealing any water and neither is Mexico.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:24 AM

3. The real loser

in this battle are the farmers in Mexico. You know, the people that grow a large portion of the food that we eat.

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