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Texas, Oklahoma Water War Heads to Supreme Court

<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.857142448425293px; line-height: 22px;">A "water war" between the states of Texas and Oklahoma will be decided by the Supreme Court.</span>

A "water war" between the states of Texas and Oklahoma will be decided by the Supreme Court.

On April 23, the United State Supreme Court will hear the interstate case brought to the high court by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

The district says a longstanding water deal called the Red River Compact allows them to take water from creeks, rivers, and other tributaries that feed into the Red River as part of their "equal rights" to runoff water as described in the Compact.

The Red River Compact allows Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana to share water in the Red River Basin, though the area each state is allowed to tap is further divided into reaches and sub-basins.

Tarrant Regional Water District wants to tap one of these sub-basins that lies in both Texas and Oklahoma territory. However, laws enacted by Oklahoma that restrict sending water out of that state, are preventing the district from tapping those resources.

The district argues that, under the Compact, they should be entitled to the water even if it lies within Oklahoma's borders. Oklahoma argues that the compact only refers to resources within each state's borders. Lower courts have sided with Oklahoma's interpretation of the agreement and ruled against the local water district thus far.

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