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Date Set In Florida-Georgia Water Wars Case

Florida claims the city of Atlanta and farmers in South Georgia pull too much from the Chattahoochee, above, and Flint rivers, and not enough flows into the Apalachicola Bay.
Florida claims the city of Atlanta and farmers in South Georgia pull too much from the Chattahoochee, above, and Flint rivers, and not enough flows into the Apalachicola Bay.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in a case between Georgia and Florida for Jan. 8. It’s the latest in a decades-long fight over water.

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Florida claims the city of Atlanta and farmers in South Georgia pull too much from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, and not enough flows into the Apalachicola Bay.

That’s caused the oyster industry there to suffer, Florida says.

So it’s asked the Supreme Court to cap how much water Georgia can use from those rivers.

The special master designated by the court to manage the case has sided with Georgia, recommending the justices deny Florida’s request.

The Supreme Court justices themselves will hear arguments at the beginning of their January term. They can choose whether or not to follow the special master’s recommendation. On the same day, they’ll also hear arguments on another interstate water conflict, between Texas and New Mexico.