Stevens visits the Supreme Court

May 15, 2013

Tarrant Regional Water District board member Jack Stevens regaled Azle Rotarians about his trip to the Supreme Court May 9. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Tarrant Regional Water District board member Jack Stevens regaled Azle Rotarians about his trip to the Supreme Court May 9.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle Rotarians heard about one of their own making a visit to the highest court in the land.
Jack Stevens headed to Washington, D.C. as part of his responsibilities as a board member of the Tarrant Regional Water District (to which he was just reelected).
Stevens told Rotarians May 9 that the TRWD lawsuit against Oklahoma had reached the Supreme Court.
He was there with a TRWD contingent as lawyers argued about the Red River Compact – a decades-old water agreement between Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Stevens said Oklahoma has passed two bills to keep Texas from getting water from the Red River.
He said Texas’ boundary is on the south, vegetative bank and that keeps the Lone Star State from pumping any water.
Texas’ case eventually reached the Supreme Court where Stevens witnessed the proceedings.
He called the experience “awesome” and “cool” and “not at all like on TV.”
While in the “magnificent” courtroom, strict guidelines rule, he said, “You sit down, shut up, and don’t move for three hours,” Stevens said.
Fortunately, he added, “I had a good seat.”
Each side argued for the allowed 30 minutes with presentations and rebuttals.
If Texas wins, water will be piped from Oklahoma to Bridgeport to relieve the always-low lake there. Lakes down the chain will benefit, too.
Stevens said the judges’ decision is expected to be reached in June.

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