Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Domenici Tries to Stop Minnow Plan.(Final)

Byline: Michael Coleman and Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writers

Water Pacts To Take Priority Over Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Friday unveiled a legislative proposal to block the taking of water from cities and farmers for the endangered silvery minnow.

Meanwhile, federal water managers began releasing some San Juan-Chama Project water to the city of Albuquerque, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and other contractors.

The federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the San Juan-Chama water and other water earmarked for farmers can be taken to protect the Rio Grande silvery minnow when needed. …

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