"Supreme Court to Decide on Texans’ Bid for Oklahoma’s Water"

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the controversy of the thirsty Fort Worth area's bid to get water from Oklahoma.

"It was largely overlooked last year when Fort Worth, now boasting a population of 758,000, moved closer to overtaking San Francisco in population. Yet in some ways, the Texas city’s early-21st-century growth spurt recalls the issues that San Francisco faced a century ago: if Fort Worth doesn’t get more water, its opportunities for growth will diminish rapidly.

As of the 2010 census, about 1.8 million people lived in Tarrant County, which surrounds Fort Worth -- 25 percent more than a decade earlier. So, like the Bay Area in the early 20th century, the county is looking far upstream for the water to support a booming population.

Six years ago, the Tarrant Regional Water District sued the Oklahoma Water Authorities after being denied permission to take water from an Oklahoma tributary of the Red River, a water source to which both states have separate rights under a 1980 compact."

Felicity Barringer reports for the New York Times January 7, 2013.

Source: Green/NYT, 01/08/2013