on the lower Pecos River want the state engineer to prevent
Roswell-area farmers who haven't held their water rights as long
from pumping ground water.
The Hope Community Ditch Association
and farmers Louise and Francis Tracey of Carlsbad demanded this week
that state Engineer John D'Antonio enforce a priority call.
And they want D'Antonio to stop
Roswell farmers with junior rights from pumping.
The state has been trying to settle
decades-long litigation over water on the Pecos and avoid a priority
The call would cut off those whose
water rights were obtained most recently and enable the state to
send water to Texas as required under an interstate compact.