According to April’s LANDTHINK Pulse results, 57.53% of respondents believed that states should have the right to sue each other over water rights. Conflict between states over water rights continues to intensify, and one of the most talked-about cases in the news has been the decades-old feud between Florida and Georgia over water flow into Apalachicola Bay in the Florida Panhandle. This on-going battle between Georgia and Florida is just one example of a growing problem facing many areas of the United States. Metropolitan growth, urban development, and extreme drought across the West have resulted in a dwindling water supply.
Last month, the April Pulse asked: Should states have the right to sue each other over water rights?
This turned out to be a relatively divided issue among our audience. Our informal online survey revealed that 57.53% of those responding said “YES”, states SHOULD have the right to sue each other over water rights. Coming in a close second, 42.47% of our audience answered “NO”, states SHOULD NOT have the right to sue each other over water rights. Water woes and interstate disputes over water rights are poised to increase, as consumption exceeds supply. There is a limit to the amount of water our streams, river basins, federal reservoirs, and aquifers can provide.
Here are the final results:
- 57.53% said states SHOULD have the right to sue each other over water
- 42.47% said states SHOUD NOT have the right to sue each other over water
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