Drought Revives Old State Water Wars

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (December 6, 2012)--Water wars are raging again in America's heartland as drought-stricken states compete for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River.

The states have taken their case to the White House.

Officials from more than 30 states have written President Barack Obama urging him to intervene—or not to intervene--in a dispute about whether water in the Missouri River's upstream reservoirs should be released to flow down to the Mississippi River.

Officeholders in downstream states say the water is needed to help raise low levels on the Mississippi that are threatening to halt barge traffic, but if the water is released, officials in upstream states warn that the toll of the drought could worsen for farms and towns that depend on the Missouri River.

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