ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end.

New Mexico’s attorney general says Tuesday that a trial date has been put off by a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court since the parties agreed to continue settlement negotiations.

FILE – This April 10, 2022 image shows the Rio Grande flowing just north of Albuquerque, N.M. The fight between Texas and New Mexico over management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end. New Mexico’s attorney general said Tuesday, July 5, 2022, that a trial date has been put off by a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court since the parties agreed to continue settlement negotiations. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

The years-long battle over the Rio Grande has become a multimillion-dollar case in a region where water supplies are dwindling amid increased demand and climate change.

The Rio Grande through parts of New Mexico marked record low flows earlier this year.