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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 2:00 pm | Updated: 2:15 pm, Mon Apr 29, 2013.

New Mexico's highest court gave a green light Monday to the state's top water manager to decide proposed water rights transfers to help increase flows in the drought-stricken Pecos River.

The state Supreme Court ruled that the State Engineer's Office can move ahead with an administrative hearing on a proposal to transfer water rights to allow more pumping of groundwater near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. The water will go by pipeline into a reservoir where it could be released to boost river flows.

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  • Christopher Smucker posted at 10:29 am on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

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    Some issues that are not stated clearly in the courts or within the agencies controlling water usage include the fact that New Mexico has been suborn to an antique pact with Texas to offset their water issues by giving up their own water to them. Other factors are that in the Hemez Mountains there is enough water to supply Albuquerque for a hundred years but not action has ever been taken in this direction due to costs of desalinization and piping. This can also be said for underground water south of Navajo Lake where there can be found ample amounts of water that would require piping and desalinization. These alternatives are never approached due to cost which exemplifies how our great state has the H2O assets but cannot take advantage of them due to the demographics of the state not allowing for the finance of such projects. Texas also has a role in this. They should take out this antique pact by commencing a larger desalinization effort on the Gulf waters fully available to them and they also have the means to proceed because of economic demographics rendering them capable of such actions. It is devastating to note these facts decade after decade especially when the USA build the desalinization plant that make Saudi Arabia a fertile area for growth of life sustaining crops. Why is it that we can engineer and build there but not here. When it comes to national planning we have a habit of taking care of everyone else but ourselves. It is horrific to see the obvious year after year after year.

     
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