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Navigating the waters of the Rio Grande legal battle

Navigating the waters of the Rio Grande legal battle

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could end a long-standing dispute over the Rio Grande's waters among Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Danielle Prokop reports for Source NM.

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Tensions rise in the Rio Grande basin as Mexico lags in water deliveries to the U.S.

In 2020, rebellious Mexican farmers occupied a dam in parched Chihuahua state to prevent the federal government from sending its reservoir water to Texas under a 1944 treaty. With the clock ticking toward another treaty deadline, the two sides are struggling for a solution.

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‘Not an object to be bartered,’ the Rio Grande is lifeblood for the land

As New Mexico’s largest river dries, pueblos work to preserve it — and to establish their rights.
New Mexico farmers face a choice: Pray for rain or get paid not to plant

New Mexico farmers face a choice: Pray for rain or get paid not to plant

With irrigation scarce, New Mexico is paying farmers to let their fields lie fallow. But some are choosing instead to bet on the monsoon season.
As Rio Grande shrinks, El Paso plans for uncertain water future

As Rio Grande shrinks, El Paso plans for uncertain water future

With a megadrought persisting in the Southwest, El Paso and other cities on the Rio Grande are scrambling to find alternative sources of water and are turning to innovative approaches — desalination, transporting water via pipelines, and “toilet-to-tap” wastewater recycling.
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Drifting toward disaster: the (second) Rio Grande

A century of enterprise brought the Rio Grande to its brink. Now authorities are “praying for a hurricane” as reservoirs dwindle and populations boom on both sides of the Mexico-Texas border.

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A race to save fish as Rio Grande dries, even in Albuquerque

For the first time in four decades, America’s fifth-longest river went dry in Albuquerque last week. Habitat for the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow — a shimmery, pinky-sized native fish — went with it.

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