Rio Grande Compact

May 12, 2014--Restoring the Rio Grande River: Needed, but no easy task (Fence Post)

Taking on a river project such as the Rio Grande is challenging and capital-consuming. However, these projects are vitally important to hundreds of different stakeholders in the San Luis Valley. The Rio Grand Headwaters Restoration Project was formed to implement the 2001 study that was performed to improve the river.


Texas Lawsuit

The state of Texas recently filed suit against New Mexico over Rio Grande Compact disputes, with Colorado brought into the fray as a result. The suit, filed in U.S. Supreme Court in January, alleges New Mexico is not delivering to Texas the water owed that state under a multi-state 1938 Rio Grande Compact, which also includes Colorado. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein said, “It is unfortunate that we have had to resort to legal action, but negotiations with New Mexico have been unsuccessful, and Texas is not getting the water that it is allocated and legally entitled to.” Rubinstein alleged New Mexico was trying to circumvent and ignore the compact, and by filing suit against New Mexico, Texas was attempting to rectify alleged harm New Mexico had caused Texas water users.


March 22, 2013--States united in drought concerns (Alamosa News)

Pending litigation aside, representatives from the three Rio Grande Compact states united yesterday in their joint concern over continued drought along the Rio Grande corridor. Alamosa hosted the annual Rio Grande Compact Commission meeting, which rotates among the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.


February 17, 2013--NM state engineer allocates water in hard hit area (Denver Post)

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is getting 20,000 acre feet of water amid continuing drought. Scott Verhines, the New Mexico State Engineer and Rio Grande Compact Commissioner for New Mexico, recently announced the water allocation to help farmers and water users in the area. New Mexico is entering the third drought year in a row.

January 26, 2013--Texas, New Mexico tangle over water (Los Angeles Times)

The muddy Rio Grande isn't much to look at as it meanders through southern New Mexico to the Texas border, but its waters are a high-stakes prize in a new legal row unfolding between the neighboring states. This month, Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its complaint that New Mexico has been diverting water it is obligated to send downstream under the 75-year-old Rio Grande Compact.


January 10, 2013--Colorado caught in Texas/NM suit (Alamosa Courier)

Texas filed suit against New Mexico over Rio Grande Compact disputes, with Colorado brought into the fray as a result, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 3 Engineer Craig Cotten told San Luis Valley water leaders during Tuesday’s Rio Grande Roundtable meeting. The suit, filed in U.S.


July 21, 2011--More water to flow for Rio Grande Compact (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bigger than expected spring runoff has led state water officials to increase the amount of water to be sent downstream under the Rio Grande Compact. The adjustment, which came in part because of a high-elevation snowpack that eluded runoff forecasts, means irrigation ditches on the Rio Grande and Conejos rivers will face increased curtailments.


October 2, 2009--First week of water trial ends (Valley Courier)

Court hearings regarding the San Luis Valley’s first water management sub-district plan concluded the first of what will likely be a three-week trial before District/Water Judge O. John Kuenhold.


July 14, 2009--Water group gives sub-district a boost (Alamosa Valley Courier)

The Rio Grande Inter Basin Roundtable on Tuesday approved $31,500 from its basin funds to help the San Luis Valley’s first water management sub-district finish up a CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement P

April 7, 2009--Alamosa looks at river projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

The city is looking at two conservation proposals that could bring money to its coffers and a better functioning Rio Grande as the river runs through the 1,300-acre, city-owned ranch north of town.


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