"Amid Drought, a Water Fight Spills Into Legal Territory"

"As Texas’ rivers run dry and lakes fall to record low levels, part of the fight over water supplies is moving underground."

"Neighbors who pump water from the same formations beneath their land have long argued over that water. But the stakes are rising as cities and industries see groundwater as a solution to the demands of explosive population growth.

But Texas law governing groundwater is murky, and a recent state appeals court decision signals that only years of expensive legal battles will provide clarity."

Neena Satija reports for the Texas Tribune September 14, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"As Austin's Lakes Dwindle, Gulf Coast May Also Suffer" (Texas Tribune)

"Water Policy on Minds of Ag Commissioner Hopefuls" (Texas Tribune)

"Texas Groundwater Districts Face Bevy of Challenges" (Texas Tribune)

Source: Texas Tribune, 09/18/2013