Big Companies Cashed In on Mississippi’s Water. Small Towns Paid the Price.

In winter 2021, more than 150,000 people living in Jackson, Miss., were left without running water. Faucets were dry or dribbling a muddy brown.

Supreme Court Hands Win to Tennessee in Water Resource Fight

The U.S. Supreme Court found that Tennessee didn’t steal groundwater from Mississippi, in a dispute with wide-ranging implications for how states manage natural resources.

The justices in Mississippi v. Tennessee said in a unanimous decision that interstate groundwater is covered by equitable apportionment, which is the standard process by which water resources are shared.

It’s the high court’s first use of the equitable apportionment doctrine related to interstate groundwater.