June 08, 2018 Article

Interstate Water Dispute Nears Decision by Supreme Court

The case has important practical implications for the environments and economies of both states, as well as potentially sweeping legal ramifications for interstate water apportionment disputes in general

By Austin Anderson

As our changing climate threatens to exacerbate drought conditions in parts of the country, disputes between states over rights to water are likely to become far more common, and to have far higher stakes. Early this year, the Court heard arguments in two separate water apportionment cases—one involving a dispute between Texas and New Mexico over the waters of the Rio Grande, and one involving a dispute between Florida and Georgia over the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (the ACF Basin).

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