Water restrictions may come in early April for Fort Collins’ residents. The city depends on the Cache la Poudre River for about half of its water supply and snowpack for the Poudre River basin is only at 50 percent of average.
Epic water battles are the stuff of history and legend, especially in the West. And as a severe drought drags on in the Midwest, a water war is being waged over a river that irrigates agriculture in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.
It's that last border crossing where this water war is under way. Kansas has gone to the Supreme Court to argue that Nebraska uses too much water from the Republican River, and that there's not enough left for Kansas farmers.
Mark Taddiken has watched the Republican River rise and fall in north-central Kansas. Three-quarters of his land is irrigated with water from the river.
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There’s a border war going in the Midwest and it’s over water. Kansas and Nebraska have been battling for years over the water in the Republican River, which runs from Colorado to Kansas, through Nebraska.