November 29, 2011--Court rules against Albuquerque water permit (Denver Post)

The state Court of Appeals has ruled against the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in a dispute over diverting water from the Rio Grande to supply drinking water for the metropolitan area. The court ruled on Monday that the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority failed to follow proper procedures in getting a permit from the state engineer's office to divert about 45,000 acre feet of river water. The diversion is part of a plan for using water from the San Juan-Chama project for drinking water supplies. The environmental group Amigos Bravos and others had challenged the permit. The Appeals Court overturned a decision by a district court judge in Albuquerque, who had upheld the granting of the water permit. The case was ordered back to the district court. 

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