Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case pitting Oklahoma against Texas over rights to the Red River, a critical supply source for north Texas. The region is one of the fastest growing in the country, NPR reported, but faces severe water shortages. The case’s outcome will affect water-sharing agreements around the U.S., since the Red River compact’s language is the same as other inter-state water-sharing agreements.
On an Indian reservation in Montana, tribal leaders and the state government are in a dispute over water rights from area reservoirs, rivers, and streams. The arguments, The New York Times reported, revolve around a 1,400-page draft compact that includes usage rights and infrastructure funds.
Spending on water management is doubling in India as shortages approach crisis levels. The government, Bloomberg reported, set aside $US 20 billion for waste treatment, irrigation, and recycling, in a major nationwide initiative.
The strong earthquake that struck southwest China over the weekend created dangerous water-supply conditions in the region. Supplies in Ya’an City could run out in three days, CNN reported, despite relief supplies sent to the area.
is a Washington, D.C–based correspondent for Circle of Blue. He graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a B.A. in Conflict Studies. He co-writes The Stream, a daily summary of global water news.