Water isn't just worth fighting for in third world countries; there is a battle for water right here in the US. Texas and Oklahoma fought in the Supreme Court over use of the Red River. Texas argues that economic development has been stunted by the drought. The Red River runs between the two states, and they have existing agreements about how the water would be shared. Those agreements had been made in 1980, but in April of this year, Texas asked the Supreme Court for a re-negotiation of the compact for use of a tributary of the river called the Kaimichi.
The Supreme Court is said to make their decision sometime in June.
What do you think they should decide?
NPR’s Talk of the Nation covered this story yesterday.
NPR's Weekend Edition covered the Supreme Court dispute in April.
Be sure to check out our previous post about America’s endangered rivers, if you haven’t already.