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Florida’s Water Brawl With Georgia Reaches Supreme Court

Via Terra Daily, an article on Florida’s water brawl with Georgia: Florida’s request to the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the state of Georgia’s water usage along the Apalachicola River basin is headed to a hearing on Feb. 22. The case is the first such interstate water dispute in the eastern United States to be heard […]

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A River Used To Run Through It: Handling A Dwindling Rio Grande

Via The Guardian, a report on how the Rio Grande used to flow freely, but now in Las Cruces, humans, fish and plants are vying for water in the arid landscape: Imagine the world without its most famous rivers: Egypt without the Nile, or London without the Thames. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, residents don’t have […]

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Colorado River Indian Tribes Take Another Step Toward Marketing Valuable Water in Arizona

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on how Arizona tribes recently unveiled draft legislation to allow their water to be leased to users in Arizona off the reservation or stored underground: The water rights held by the Colorado River Indian Tribes are a valuable asset, and tribal leadership is seeking congressional approval to cash in on […]

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Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on how investor interest in the Colorado River could redefine century-old rules for who controls one of the most valuable economic resources in the United States: There is a myth about water in the Western United States, which is that there is not enough of it. But […]

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Mexico’s Water Dispute With the U.S. Is a Symptom of Its Governance Crisis

Via World Politics Review, commentary on US / Mexico water tensions: For nearly 75 years, the United States and Mexico have transferred giant quantities of water to each other each year as part of a system set up to ensure the equitable sharing of water sheds that straddle their border. The terms and obligations are […]

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Will Texas Taps Soon Run Dry?

Via World Economic Forum, a report on water scarcity in Texas: Population growth, a booming economy and the demands of development are set to strain Texas’ water supplies to the limit. A similar trend is unfolding in other major economies around the world, such as China and India. As things stand, the Lone Star State […]

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