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States OK Ute Reservoir Settlement

Oklahoman Published: May 29, 1993

Texas Attorney General Dan Morales called the agreement a victory for the Texas Panhandle.

"New Mexico was taking our water for their recreational use, while 460,000 Texans rely on that water for farming, municipal and industrial needs," he said.

Oklahoma and Texas sued New Mexico in 1987 after the Ute Reservoir, near Logan, was enlarged with water that had spilled over upstream Conchas Dam.

New Mexico claimed the spillover because the compact lets New Mexico keep all the runoff above Conchas Dam and 200,000 acre-feet of water in Ute Reservoir. The Supreme Court ruled against New Mexico in 1991.

Under the agreement, New Mexico will immediately release 20,000 acre-feet of water, lowering the reservoir to 200,000 acre-feet. BIOG: NAME:

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