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Red River water wars: four states battle over water access
Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 9 May 2013 12.27 EDT

Posted on 05/09/2013 8:26:17 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

There's a popular saying in America that "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over." The United States supreme court has been called upon to settle a battle that is raging over access to the Red River which serves Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Water-starved Texas feels that it is entitled under the Red River compact, which was signed by all four states, to billions of gallons of water from the Oklahoma side of the river basin. Oklahoma insists that Texas is not doing enough to conserve. Texas is also fighting a battle with New Mexico over access to water from the Rio Grande. This dispute may also end up being settled by the supreme court but whatever the outcome of both these battles, the ultimate victory of having an ample water supply that would allow agriculture and businesses to flourish may be an elusive one.

It's not for nothing that Texas is waging water wars on all fronts. A population boom and a climate that keeps getting warmer and drier has led to severe shortages in much of the state. Despite claims to the contrary, Texas is taking this shortage very seriously indeed. The state legislature recently approved a bill, HB4, which provides for $53bn to be spent over the next 40 years on new infrastructure and water conservation efforts.

Total water use in San Antonio is around the same or slightly less than it was in the 1980's even though the water utility has added 300,000 new customers.

As Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical put it, "Water is the oil of the 21st century." Texas has already had to deal with the economic and environmental consequences of oil well depletion. Coping with dry water wells may prove to be a far greater challenge.

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1 posted on 05/09/2013 8:26:17 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Someone needs to improve desalination. That and a remedy for fire ants.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 8:30:07 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: DeaconBenjamin

***A population boom and a climate that keeps getting warmer and drier has led to severe shortages***

After two years of drought this year my garden finally got planted yesterday. Today it got washed away by the rains. It took the dirt and seeds but left the rocks.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 8:47:24 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: shaggy eel

A PING to my old FREEPER FRIEND.

Things are starting to come full circle.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 8:50:33 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
We gonna have water wars again? Where is Ma Ferguson when you need her?

/johnny

5 posted on 05/09/2013 8:55:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: crusty old prospector

Install nuclear power plants and use them for power, desal and generation of hydrogen fuel through electrolysis, all at the same time. Problem solved.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 9:00:01 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: El Gato; Eaker; hocndoc; Squantos; SwinneySwitch; MeekOneGOP; weegee; lentulusgracchus; ...
Texas water rights ping.



7 posted on 05/09/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 05/09/2013 9:01:56 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Windflier

Those Okies won’t stand a chance!


9 posted on 05/09/2013 9:02:31 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
I thought we weren't supposed to rub it in anymore, since the only reason we don't slide off into the Gulf is because Oklahoma s**ks.

To all my Okie friends, get over it, and insult me back, but be creative.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/09/2013 9:05:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

lol.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 9:05:49 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
Oklahoma and Texas. We could get divorced, but we'd still be related.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/09/2013 9:11:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Cotton fields in north Texas have been sucking the Ogallala Aquifer dry for decades now, and Texas water rights law just encourages a race to the bottom. Recharge in the Nebraska Sandhills will keep the water fine up north, but parts of Texas are going to have to find something new to do before much longer.


13 posted on 05/09/2013 9:20:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
the biggest drain on Texas' water comes from the agriculture sector. Currently around 57% of the state's total water supply is used for irrigation.

My garden has burned up for 3 straight years. This year, what with the warm weather, I tried starting it early. Ha, mother nature slapped me down with two floods, two late freezes, two hail storms, one horrendous wind storm and I'm crossing my fingers on tonight's storms. So, yeah, same boat. I've replanted some things three times now and it's still not all planted. I'm holding off on the second and third round of tomato and pepper seedlings to maybe next week.

On FOX Bill O' just now, he was talking the meme about the illegals being down and the woman guest told him Texas is up by three times so they can get in for amnesty. If we could get rid of the illegals, there'd be less traffic so less need for more roads, let use of our hospitals, less taxes on our schools, less everything including water.

My soapbox for years has been LCRA taking the water from up stream at the Highland Lakes causing even more businesses to fail who depend upon the water and not to mention city water resources drying up. Thankfully, this year they finally woke up and cut off sending the water down south to the rice farmers. About durn time. I'm sorry, but plant a crop that doesn't require so much water at the expense of others.

14 posted on 05/09/2013 9:21:01 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Texas didn’t give away any oil. They can pay for it.


15 posted on 05/09/2013 9:22:41 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: GeronL
Those Okies won’t stand a chance!

Now now. Those are our neighbors, and they'll be the first ones to get our back if the SHTF.

The problem is, North Texas has been on a mad growth tear for fifteen years or better, and folks gotta drink. An estimated 1,350 Americans move to Texas every day of the year, and a lot of them wind up just south of Oklahoma. The pressure on water resources is inevitable.

I hope our two states (and the others) can settle this amicably.

16 posted on 05/09/2013 9:31:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Alamo-Girl
Thanks for the ping!

I appreciate your courtesy, AG :-)

17 posted on 05/09/2013 9:32:42 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

We need to deport the liberals!

er... the illegals


18 posted on 05/09/2013 9:33:00 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
We need to deport the liberals! er... the illegals

Yeah! Let's kick their sorry behinds outta here. Like...you know....both, er, all of 'em. Oh, you know what I mean!

After the revolution, all liberals will be illegal in Texas.

19 posted on 05/09/2013 9:36:31 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

The real problem is government interference in the market. If there were a free market in water (difficult perhaps, but not impossible), then many of these problems would solve themselves. Right now, government subsidizes the cost of water to some, and that encourages waste and misuse. As others have said, if government managed the desert, there would be a shortage of sand.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 9:57:34 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: crusty old prospector

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoridae


21 posted on 05/09/2013 10:08:14 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

“In January 2012, a researcher discovered larvae in the test tube of a dead honey bee believed to have been affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD).[10] The larvae had not been there the night before. The larvae were Apocephalus borealis, a parasitic fly known to prey on bumblebees and wasps. The phorid fly lays eggs on the bee’s abdomen, which hatch and feed on the bee. Infected bees will act oddly, foraging at night and gathering around lights like moths. Eventually, the bee leaves the colony to die. The phorid fly larvae will then emerge from the neck of the bee.”

PASS.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 10:26:21 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: bgill
cut off sending the water down south to the rice farmers. About durn time. I'm sorry, but plant a crop that doesn't require so much water at the expense of others.

Agreed. The world may have to live without Texmati rice.

23 posted on 05/10/2013 5:17:47 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Whiskey is for drinkin’, and water is for fightin’. Age old, never changes.


24 posted on 05/10/2013 5:45:49 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The sad thing is that about half of the residential water is used to water the suburbanite 30’ X 60’ yard for five months. Half of it running off into the street.


25 posted on 05/10/2013 6:09:10 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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