Aug. 14, 2013 – Sounds like the state of Florida will be suing Georgia soon.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said yesterday that his state is going to sue the state of Georgia over increased water consumption limiting flows to the Apalachicola River.
Gov. Deal said that Gov. Scott’s threat to sue his state in the U.S. Supreme Court greatly disappoints him after he has negotiated in good faith for two years.
Gov. Scott said that this lawsuit will be targeted toward one thing – fighting for the future of Apalachicola.
He went on to say that this is the only way forward after 20 years of failed negotiations with Georgia. He said that they must fight for the people of this region and that the economic future of Apalachicola Bay and Northwest Florida is at stake.
Gov. Deal said that, while the timing of Scott’s statement seems to work for political purposes, it’s ironic, because it comes at a time when Florida and Georgia are experiencing historically high rainfall.
“The fastest and best resolution is an agreement, not a lawsuit going into an election year. On the flip side, the merits of Georgia’s arguments have consistently prevailed in federal court, and a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court would decide this issue in Georgia’s favor once and for all.”
This lawsuit would continue the nearly 20 years of litigation between Georgia and Florida over water usage in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier at its northernmost end.
Lake Lanier has been the focal point of the “water wars,” which also have included Alabama, as it is the main drinking water source for metro Atlanta, as well as Hall County.
We will keep you up to date with the case as information comes in.
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