Supreme Court hears arguments in two original jurisdiction cases concerning water disputes

The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments on Monday in two original jurisdiction cases concerning state disputes over water rights and allocation. In the first case, the court heard arguments concerning water rights to the Rio Grande River. Texas filed the original complaint against New Mexico and Colorado, alleging [SCOTUSblog report] the states were violating the water allocation provisions of the 1938 Rio Grande compact. The US filed a complaint as an intervening party under authority from the…

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