Tarrant Water District: Another battle in the Texas-Oklahoma water wars

Vol. 43 No. 5

Sidney F. Ansbacher is a shareholder with Gray Robinson, P.A., in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Tarrant Regional Water District (Tarrant) is a massive water supply agency that serves over 1.6 million customers in north-central Texas, including Ft. Worth, Arlington, and numerous other municipalities and users. It also maintains expansive flood control systems and recreational facilities. Tarrant was founded in 1924, after a 1922 Trinity River flood overwhelmed inadequate levees, killing dozens and destroying swaths of property. Now Tarrant, wanting to purchase water from Oklahoma to help meet its supply needs, is on the battlefront of the long-running Oklahoma-Texas water war over allocation of the Red River. Tarrant filed a petition for certiorari in January 2012, in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann (No. 11-889), asking the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into the dispute.

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