ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is accusing Texas of mismanaging its share of water from the Rio Grande and failing to plan for drought.
The claims were leveled in court documents filed late Tuesday as the states wrangle over management of the river.READ MORE: Granbury Mayor Nin Hulett Resigns Following Felony DWI Arrest
Texas took its case to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 in response to a legal challenge by former New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.READ MORE: North Texas Graduates Navigate Next Chapter Amid Pandemic Job Market
Current Attorney General Hector Balderas says he’s ready to move ahead with his own legal strategy, saying Texas and the federal government also bear responsibility to ensure the region has a sustainable water future.MORE NEWS: North Texas School Districts Facing Possible Lawsuits Over Mask Policies
New Mexico says it is meeting water delivery requirements. Texas wants the state to stop pumping groundwater along the southern border, arguing that the pumping depletes the aquifer that would otherwise drain back into the river and flow south.