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structure simply take available water first thus nobody else can be using the water. Water users

in Rio Grande are not harmed by the declaration of a water right.

To restore the Bosque to a sustainable level of health would require more than just water.

Invader species must be reduced and cottonwood trees re-established. Areas of undergrowth

(basically a dumping area) should be cleared. Trails should be maintained. Forest management

for fire protection should be actively engaged. This could be best done if the Bosque were

declared a state park and managed as such.

With adjudication, additional water rights can be purchased for environmental restoration

of other riparian areas. Because the water rights would be purchased, other water users would not

be harmed by this action.

The Rio Grande Silvery Minnow is an endangered species that requires protection by

law. There are many myths about the species and contentious issues about its water use. What is

really curious is that it will not take much water to maintain a permanent instream flow for the

species. Water has to flow down the Rio Grande to Elephant Butte Reservoir to satisfy compact

requirements. If the water required to sustain the fish were released during the entire year and not

completely diverted (and only partially beneficial used as is the case now) the fish population

could be restored to a non-endangered species without harming anyone. The consumptive water

use of a year round release as opposed to current practices has been estimated at 20,000 to

30,000 aft. This is only 4% of the 750,000 aft that must be delivered to the Texas side of the

compact on a normal year. As noted in an early section, adjudication would improve diversion

efficiency of irrigation districts. Improved efficiency of MRGCD would keep an additional

270,000 aft of water in the river, plenty enough for Silvery Minnow.

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