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Wanted: ecology-minded proposals for rivers, streams
Attorney General Tom Udall -- he's not running for office, is he? -- has been coming up with a raft of good opinions lately, none more encouraging for the ecology-minded than his latest on water rights.
In a non-binding legal opinion issued Friday, Udall said New Mexico law allows the granting of water rights to protect the state's rivers and streams. New Mexico is the last state to acknowledge such protections clearly.
It means that the state or federal government, or even environmental groups, can buy or lease water rights and use them, for example, to keep the Rio Grande running during droughts …