The Rio Grande River serves as an international border to Mexico and is an essential water resource for both Texas and our neighboring state of New Mexico. In fact, going back to 1938, the U.S. Congress approved the Rio Grande Compact regarding water rights between the two states. Now, a federal court case between Texas and New Mexico is moving forward.
Three years ago, the State of Texas filed a complaint in the U.S. Supreme Court contending that New Mexico is illegally removing an excessive amount of water from the Rio Grande River. While the State of New Mexico tried to dismiss the case, recently a court-appointed consultant released a report that sides with the State of Texas and provides an opportunity for Texas to pursue our claim.
The State of Texas argues that the Rio Grande Compact determines how much water Texans should receive before the states upstream remove their share. New Mexico is arguing that the compact does not require their state to cede a certain amount of water to Texas. Texas could pursue hundreds of millions of dollars in damages if the U.S. Supreme Court accepts the case.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strongly agrees with the recommendation made by the court-appointed consultant and the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been working diligently litigating the case. Although this recommendation is a victory for the State of Texas, it's still uncertain that the Supreme Court will accept the case.