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High Court rules the Fed can intrude in multi-state water fight

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government can intervene in a water case pitting Texas against New Mexico and Colorado.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the court today, says the federal government must be allowed to meet its federal water commitments involving one of North America's longest rivers. Those obligations include an international agreement with Mexico and the decades-old Rio Grande Compact.

Farmers, water policy experts, city officials and others have been working behind the scenes to build a framework for a possible settlement.

Texas took its case to the Supreme Court in 2013, asking New Mexico to stop pumping groundwater along the border so more of the Rio Grande could flow south to farmers and residents in El Paso.

Water issues have long been a hot button item for the state of Colorado.

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