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Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico

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Water is increasingly becoming a legal issue between states, cities, counties and nations.  Drought is usually a forcing issue, but the issue behind the scenes is population growth and the need for more and more water.  The recent lawsuit between Texas and New Mexico is one of many that are now ongoing.

As climate change alters rainfall patterns and river flows, tensions are bound to rise between states and countries that share rivers that cross their borders. In the Rio Grande Basin of the American Southwest, that future inevitability has arrived. Last week Texas, suffering through a devastating drought, filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that New Mexico is failing to live up to its water delivery commitments under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact.

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