Bloomberg Law
Sept. 17, 2020, 5:16 PM

Water Wars at the Supreme Court: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer
Jennifer Kay
Jennifer Kay
Staff Correspondent

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term next month with a unique “original jurisdiction” water dispute—the likes of which could become more common as the climate changes.

The justices are set to hear Texas v. New Mexico, virtually, on their first day of oral arguments Oct. 5. Original jurisdiction cases go straight to the high court, rather than working their way through lower benches first.

State showdowns over shared water resources are some of the most common cases to take that direct route to the Supreme Court.

“The tradition ...

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