Arizona v. California (1963)

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  • In 1952, the state of Arizona sued California and seven of its public utilities over the use of waters originating in the Colorado River. Over the course of the litigation, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and the federal government were added as parties to the lawsuit. When the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, that body was asked to determine how much water from the Colorado River legally belonged to each state, since Arizona argued that California used far more than its rightful share. Arizona was proved correct in 1963, as the justices opted in Arizona v. California, 373 U.S. 546, to apportion waters according to the dictates of the Boulder Canyon Project Act of 1928. The allocations only affected the first 7,500,000 acre-feet of water ...

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