From the morning paper, a look at the U.S. government’s filing in the case of Texas v. New Mexico (and Colorado*) over water-sharing (or lack thereof) on the Rio Grande:
In a brief filed Thursday, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli alleged that excess groundwater pumping in New Mexico is intercepting water in the shallow aquifer that would otherwise drain back into the Rio Grande and flow to Texas. Federal attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and order New Mexico to curtail such pumping to the extent that it is harming Texas water users.
And there is this:
In a talk about the litigation Wednesday at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Assistant New Mexico Attorney General Stephen Farris accused Texas of bullying its neighbors and having “an insatiable greed for water.”
That’ll for sure be taped up on the locker room wall before the Big Game.
* Colorado’s a formally named defendant, but this is really between Texas and New Mexico.