New Mexico Water

Texas and New Mexico

The Dispute on the Lower Rio Grande

In 2001 the Texas Legislature appropriated $6.2 million to the Texas Attorney General to sue the State of New Mexico on the Rio Grande. In 2003, the Texas Legislature appropriated $10.3 million to the Texas Attorney General for this purpose. In response, The Office of the Attorney General went to the New Mexico Legislature and received an appropriation of $9.2 million and is using that money to prepare New Mexico’s defense of the anticipated litigation. The Attorney General has retained the best lawyers, scientists and engineers with expertise in this area. While New Mexico did not seek this litigation and would prefer to attempt to negotiate an amicable agreement with Texas, it would be foolhardy not to prepare for litigation Texas seems determined to bring. Texas wants more water which means less water for New Mexico and New Mexicans. Given that and the potential for tens of millions of dollars in economic loss if Texas is successful, preparing for this unwelcome litigation is not only wise, it is a necessity.