There's one brewing in the midwest, another raging in the southeast and a third building in the southwest. They're regional, inter-state conflicts over distribution of dwindling groundwater resources.
In the southeast, the Army Corps of Engineers is under simultaneous attack by lawsuits from Georgia, Florida and Alabama, each state accusing the Corps of unfairly giving too much of their shared water resource to the others. It's a situation that could well worsen quickly as sea level rise begins to impact freshwater reserves including the Everglades.
In the southwest, it's the Colorado River under pressure from several states and which, by treaty, is supposed to be shared with Mexico.
It is in the drought-stricken midwest, America's heartland, that the newest battles are occurring.
The water wars are raging again in America's heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River — to drink from their faucets, irrigate their crops and float the barges that carry billions of dollars of agricultural products to market.
From Montana to West Virginia, officials on both sides have written President Barack Obama urging him to intervene — or not — in a long-running dispute over whether water from the Missouri's upstream reservoirs should be released into the Mississippi River to ease low water levels that have imperiled commercial traffic.
The quarrel pits boaters, fishermen and tourism interests against communities downstream and companies that rely on the Mississippi to do business.
In Oklahoma, they're reporting the drought has leveled off. It usually does by the time river beds look like this:
And, in case you thought of drought as a seasonal scourge, think again. Reuters is the latest to report that the drought that hammered America's midwest this summer is expanding threatening to devastate the winter wheat crop.
Even the region's deer population is being hard hit by drought-related disease.
And in Texas, severe drought is expected again this year and there's already not enough to meet the needs of residents and farmers.
There is drought now extending from the Carolinas to California, essentially coast to coast, from the Gulf to the Mississippi and Missouri river headwaters. This year that drought extended into Canada. How many years of this do you think we can handle before something gives?