The assertion that “whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting!” is widely attributed to Mark Twain, but today you’re likely to hear it from governors. That’s because states, confronted with climate stresses and the prospect of severe droughts, are taking battles over water usage and control into the highest courtroom in the land.

Robert Glennon, an expert on water policy and law at the University of Arizona, explains what is behind these clashes before the Supreme Court over water rights. He suggests that a better tactic for states would be to consider conservation before litigation.

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Aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border. AP Photo/John Antczak

Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate

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The Supreme Court recently dealt defeat to Florida in its 20-year legal battle with Georgia over river water. Other interstate water contests loom, but there are no sure winners in these lawsuits.

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