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  • New Mexico State engineer estimates settling water rights at $300 million

    Santa Fe, New Mexico (AP)

    State Engineer John D’Antonio has estimated it would cost $300 million over 55 years to settle all the water rights claims on New Mexico’s rivers and streams.

    The money is necessary to finalize water rights in court in a process known as adjudication. Funds pay for attorneys, water surveys and notifying people who claim water rights, D’Antonio told a hearing of the Water and Natural Resources Committee.

    The issue becomes more complicated when a river involves Indian water rights, like the Rio Grande and the San Juan River do.

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