Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Offers New Plan For Minnow Habitat.(Editorial Page)

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It could make a difference in silvery minnow habitat, it could satisfy the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on New Mexico water users' compliance with the Endangered Species Act and, incidentally, it could allow New Mexico to recapture Rio Grande water sold to federal agencies last summer and sell it to them again.

State Engineer Thomas C. Turney, in his capacity as New Mexico commissioner in the Rio Grande Compact Commission, laid out a plan for his Colorado and Texas colleagues under which some 100,000 acre feet of native Rio Grande water would be impounded from the spring runoff in upstream reservoirs in New Mexico. Later in the summer, when the river dwindles, a portion of the water would be sold for release in the river over three years to keep more of it wet for minnow habitat. …

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