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High court sides with state engineer

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Optic Staff and Wire

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that limited the ability of the state’s top water official to manage water rights in times of severe drought.

The case centers on a program that was intended to speed up the determination of industry, agricultural and municipal water entitlements. The Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the Office of the State Engineer had overstepped its legal authority by adopting the program.


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