1987-88 Actions on El Paso vs. New Mexico

by Conrad G. Keyes, Jr., Rio Grande Compact Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


It has been determined by the City of El Paso that water wells near the Texas-New Mexico borders should be used to supplement their water supply in the years 2000-2020. Opposition to the production of El Paso wells has increased during the permit hearings of 1987 and 1988. The water rights fight has been extensive and has paralleled three wet water years in the normally arid area. Numerous options for water supply have been suggested for El Paso. The institutional aspects of these options are discussed in reference to surface water options in the Rio Grande Basin.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Water rights | Water supply | Urban areas | Wells (water) | Arid lands | Legislation | Permits | New Mexico | United States | Rio Grande | Mexico

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