Florida files suit against Georgia in "water wars" - WRBL

Florida files suit against Georgia in "water wars"

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Florida is looking to take Georgia in court in a decades old fight over water.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a suit with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday alledging Georgia is taking too much water. The Sunshine State gets water from Georgia's Lake Lanier and other reserves via access in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basins.

A representative from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's office is defending Georgia's water rights saying in part: "Our conservation efforts have decreased metro Atlanta’s water use even as our population has grown substantially, and Georgia offered a framework for an agreement which never received a response from Florida. This lawsuit is political theater and nothing more."

The suit was filed with the country's highest  court because issues between states receive original jurisdiction in the Supreme Court.

James Brierton

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