Everyone knew the open, treeless High Plains wasn’t a place to put down roots. Making a home, farming, and development takes water, and in Western Kansas it’s arid and rainfall is in short supply. Enter the grand idea of irrigation.
With the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer looming, a Haskell County family is testing Kansas water rights law. First in time, first in right gives senior water rights priority over junior rights. If the senior right is impaired, the owner of the junior right could be ordered to reduce irrigation from their well or even be shut down completely water reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.
If someone dumps trash in your garage is that trespassing? Obviously, the answer is yes. But, if someone dumps trash water and it contaminates your water, is it still trespassing? The Texas Supreme Court is deciding that issue right now.
The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority board of directors verbally agreed to begin negotiations to sell Texas water rights to Oklahoma investors and users. The Amarillo Globe reported the parcel under consideration is over 11,000 acres, and located in Lipscomb County.
State Impact Texas reported Governor Rick Perry recently vetoed a bill, that would have made it easier for the small town of Blue Mound, Texas, to obtain the right to control its own water system. Water services are currently provided by a private company, Monarch Utilities.
A recent Supreme Court ruling found the interstate water compact between the states of Texas and Oklahoma does not supersede Oklahoma's water statues. Recent stories from State Impact Texas, provide the legal document and insight from Gabriel Eckstein, law professor and water expert, as well as Sara Tran, SMU law professor.