WEBINAR: What Would Elvis Do? The Curious Case of the Memphis Sand Aquifer




Michael E. Campana
Professor of Hydrogeology & Water Resources Management
Oregon State University

Michael E. Campana graduated from the College of William & Mary (BS geology) then headed to the University of Arizona, receiving a PhD in hydrology in 1975. He then began a long career as a 'pracademic' at the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada-Reno (12 years); University of New Mexico (17 years); and now at Oregon State University (15 years). Campana specializes in hydrogeology and water resources management.


Mississippi and Tennessee are before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing over groundwater pumping by TN from the Memphis Sand aquifer which underlies each state. Mississippi argues that Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW), the utility of the City of Memphis, has been pumping this water and seeks over $600M in damages. MLGW contends it has a right to the water as it has not been allocated. This case, the first GW-only case to reach the Court, has important ramifications that go far beyond MS and TN. In addition, a new group - Protect Our Aquifer - seeks to do just that, in light of the proposed Byhalia pipeline. Stay tuned!

Learning Objectives

  1. Review status of only groundwater case to reach U.S. Supreme Court.
  2. Identify the case issues and their ramifications.
  3. Learn of new efforts to protect Memphis Sand aquifer.

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