Proposed consent decree released in Rio Grande dispute

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February 3, 2023 – The long-running dispute between New Mexico and Texas over Rio Grande water rights is inching toward resolution.

The dispute arose almost 10 years ago over Texas’ allegation that New Mexico’s groundwater pumping was pulling water out of the river, depriving Texas of its rights under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact.

Last October, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado had reached an agreement in the form of a proposed Consent Decree, but the proposed decree was under seal.  It was finally unsealed January 23 (PDF link to the proposed Consent DecreeOpens in a new tab.).  The firm Husch Blackwell LLPOpens in a new tab. writes that, “Though the Department of Justice opposes it, the proposed Consent Decree will likely be approved by the appointed Special Master and ultimately forwarded to the U.S. Supreme Court for approval.”




Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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