Can the Supreme Court Cool the Carolina Water War?

Today, South Carolina entered the battle against North Carolina withdrawing water from the Catawba River not by transferring the cannons at Fort Sumter to the North Carolina border, but by submitting papers to the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily stop the transfer from happening.

In January, North Carolina’s environmental management commission approved an interbasin transfer plan to allow the towns of Concord and Kannapolis to withdraw 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River Basin. The Catawba River flows from North Carolina (near Charlotte) into South Carolina. Read more about the history of this issue: flashpoint SC and NC

South Carolina does not expect to hear a response from the Supreme Court until October. If the Court agrees to take the case, South Carolina will try to negotiate an interstate compact between SC and NC.