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The Georgia Vs. Florida Water War Continues

The waterways of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin.
The waterways of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin.
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The state of Georgia has fired the latest round in the decades-long water war with Florida (and sometimes, Alabama).  

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Florida’s lawsuit, challenging what it says is Georgia’s over-consumption of water flowing through the state into Florida. Now, Georgia has filed its answer to Florida, in preparation for what could be a long process before the case goes to the high court.

To sort out what the latest moves mean, and how this case could affect Georgia’s water use, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Gil Rogers, senior attorney in the Atlanta office of the Southern Environmental Law Center (which is not involved in the case).

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