Allocation of Pecos River Basin Water Between New Mexico and Texas

by V. R. Krishna Murthy, Texas Water Commission, Austin, United States,
Nadira Kabir, Texas Water Commission, Austin, United States,
Zack L. Dean, Texas Water Commission, Austin, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources

Abstract: An interstate compact was signed in 1948 between the States of New Mexico and Texas for the allocation of water of the Pecos River Basin which was approved by the Congress of the United States in 1949. Because of the ambiguities in the procedures for determining the obligation of New Mexico to Texas under the compact, no computations were made since 1961. Therefore, Texas filed a lawsuit in the U. S. Supreme Court in 1974. After ten years of hearings, the Court defined the compact and approved the procedures for determining the allocation of water and New Mexico's obligation under the compact. This paper briefly describes the procedures approved for the allocation of water between the states.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Water supply | Rivers and streams | Basins | Water resources | Litigation | Computing in civil engineering | North America | United States | Texas | New Mexico | Mexico

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