Attorney General asks legislature for help in water rights battle

New Mexico
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Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking the state legislature to help fund a historic fight over water rights. A legal battle between New Mexico and Texas over access rights to the Rio Grande River has been simmering since 2013.

Now, Balderas is asking the legislature for $4.5 million to pay for litigation and a team of scientists to model the river’s current surface flows to needed groundwater sources.

Briefings are scheduled for next month, however, the AG says it will likely be more than a year before the case heads to trial.

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