Thursday, May 02, 2013

Water Rights

One of the things the U.S. Supreme Court has to do occasionally is settle disputes between two or more states, sometimes about boundaries, often about water. The Court has just heard a case about the interpretation of an agreement, the Red River Compact, between Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana to share water from this river and its tributaries. NPR recently had a story about the case. 4 min 48 sec, transcript available and an in depth presentation of the questions involved (with lots of water metaphors, e.g. "ripple effect") A recording of the oral arguments in this case can be found on the Oyez site. 58 min, transcript available. The SCOTUSblog presentation of the case can be found here.