‘How the Grinch Stole the River’: Drought revives old water war among river states - The Daily Times: Business

‘How the Grinch Stole the River’: Drought revives old water war among river states

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:00 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The water wars are raging again in America’s heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River — to drink from their faucets, irrigate their crops and float the barges that carry billions of dollars of agricultural products to market.

From Montana to West Virginia, officials on both sides have written President Barack Obama urging him to intervene — or not — in a long-running dispute over whether water from the Missouri’s upstream reservoirs should be released into the Mississippi River to ease low water levels that have imperiled commercial traffic.

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