The environmental groups agreed Wednesday to take no more action against the city over the use of water from the San Juan-Chama project, the Albuquerque Tribune reported.
The city agreed to reserve 30,000 acre-feet of water in the Abiquiu Reserve for environmental uses and commit funds to a water-leasing program to assure survival of the minnow.
The Sierra Club, Rio Grande Restoration and Forest Guardians had argued that use of San Juan-Chama water for Albuquerque drinking water would endanger the minnow.
The lawsuit drew national attention in 2003 when a federal judge ruled in favor of the minnow. The decision was later upheld on appeal but it was circumvented by federal legislation sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.
City officials said Wednesday's agreement settles the dispute over the San Juan-Chama water, but legal challenges from other plaintiffs are still pending.
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