Stuff I wrote elsewhere: court rules against New Mexico water transfer

From Saturday’s newspaper, my story about a state court ruling against a proposed groundwater transfer case in New Mexico:

State officials made clear Friday that, while they ruled against this application because of its failure to specify where and how the water would be used, they do not in general oppose water transfers around the state.

Such transfers are frequently mentioned as a way to meet growing needs in the Rio Grande Valley. D.L. Sanders, lead attorney for the Office of State Engineer, encouraged the Augustin Plains Ranch group to file a new application that meets the state’s legal requirements.

“We’re in favor of promoting innovative ideas like this,” Sanders said.