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New Mexico Farmers Seek To Assert Water Access Rights


Picuris Pueblo Gov. Craig Quanchello says there are people whose wells are drying up. The pueblo's buffalo herd, part of which is harvested each year and distributed to tribal members, has dwindled from what once was 160 to just 28 at last count. Some years, he says, farmers in and around the pueblo, south of Taos in New Mexico's northern mountains, can't get more than a couple of cuts of hay because there's not enough water to irrigate their fields.