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Texas v. New Mexico

The U.S. Supreme Court held that the United States may pursue claims against New Mexico for violating the Rio Grande Compact, which Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas entered into in the 1930s to resolve disputes over water rights. Texas...

San Buenaventura, City of v. United Water Conservation District

The California Supreme Court held that the charges a California city must pay to a local water district for groundwater conservation activities do not require voter or property owner approval. By statute, charges for pumping groundwater...

Water Wars: Solving Interstate Water Disputes Through Concurrent Federal Jurisdiction

As climate change shifts precipitation patterns, warms seasonal temperatures, and causes severe droughts, the value of and demand for water rises. Consequently, competition for water resources is likely to increase among the states and...

Manitoba, Province of v. DOI

A district court held that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) did not violate NEPA when it decided to proceed with a water supply project. In 2002, the Province of Manitoba sued under NEPA to prevent the Bureau from proceeding with the...

The Impact of Climate Change on American and Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Their Water Resources

Access to water is a fundamental climate change issue in North America and internationally. It is related to significant political, social, and ecological struggles that indigenous peoples face, and governments and courts so far have...

ELI 2016 Corporate Forum: The Business of Water

As climate change alters global weather patterns and the earth’s population continues to grow and urbanize, water resources are poised to become an ever increasing catalyst for volatility, even in regions where water scarcity has not...

Inefficient Efficiency: Crying Over Spilled Water

As the drought in western states worsens, the agricultural sector is being criticized for failing to adopt technical responses, such as shifting to less waterdemanding crops and state-of-the-art irrigation systems. However, these...

Wynne v. Klein

A Texas appellate court held that sovereign immunity bars an individual's lawsuit against the board members of a local reclamation district claiming that their activities caused a lake to be substantially drained during 2008 and for...

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States

The Federal Circuit held that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' temporary deviations from the water release rates set forth in an operating plan for the Clearwater Dam that caused increased flooding in Arkansas' Dave Donaldson...