Supreme Court to consider report on Rio Grande case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – It will likely be up to the nation’s highest court to settle a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of water from the Rio Grande.

Officials in both states have been waiting for nearly a year for a recommendation on the handling of the case that could dramatically curb groundwater pumping in some of New Mexico’s most fertile valleys and force the state to pay as much as $1 billion in damages.

Now, a special master assigned by the U.S. Supreme Court is recommending the rejection of a motion by New Mexico to dismiss the case, meaning it can move forward as long as the court agrees.

Texas sued in 2013, claiming New Mexico failed to deliver water as required under a decades-old compact.

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