ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he's looking forward to telling New Mexico's side of the story. The court has given the state 60 days to file a motion to dismiss the case.
Texas accuses New Mexico of allowing illegal diversions of surface and underground water of the Rio Grande near the state line.
Texas officials say those diversions take away water from farmers and residents around El Paso, a drought-stricken area that gets about half of its drinking water and most of its irrigation water from the Rio Grande.
New Mexico is also struggling with drought and argues that Texas is getting what's required under a compact between the two states.