SUPREME COURT WADING INTO TEXAS WATER ISSUES
The U. S. Supreme Court is about to dive into a water rights dispute that could affect 1.7 million North Texas residents, according to the Wall Street Journal. The dispute is between Texas’ Tarrant Regional Water District & Oklahoma. Texas wants to capture water in Oklahoma that flows into the Red River, the border between the 2 states. So far, lower courts have ruled for Oklahoma. In addition, Texas has asked the Supreme Court to consider a separate lawsuit alleging that New Mexico isn’t giving Texas its allotted share of water from the Rio Grande. No court has ruled on this. Texas is one of the fastest-growing states and will need 8.3 million acre-feet of water by 2060 where population is expected to surpass 46 million, up from 25 million now.