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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Florida-Georgia Water Arguments This Term

Florida claims Georgia farmers and Atlanta homes and businesses use too much of the water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Florida says that has disastrous effects on its environment and fishing industry in the Apalachicola River and Bay in the Florida Panhandle.
Florida claims Georgia farmers and Atlanta homes and businesses use too much of the water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Florida says that has disastrous effects on its environment and fishing industry in the Apalachicola River and Bay in the Florida Panhandle.
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments – for a second time – in a long-running case between Georgia and Florida during the term that begins Monday.

Florida is asking the court to limit Georgia’s water use as part of a decadeslong dispute over the water in the rivers that flow through the states.

Florida claims Georgia farmers and Atlanta homes and businesses use too much of the water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Florida says that has disastrous effects on its environment and fishing industry in the Apalachicola River and Bay in the Florida Panhandle.

This particular case dates back to 2013, when Florida asked the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved and put a cap on Georgia’s water use. The justices already heard oral arguments in this case once, in 2018.

That time, instead of ruling on a report issued by a special master who recommended siding with Georgia, they asked for more information.

Late last year, a second special master also recommended siding with Georgia.

There is no date set yet, but in an order Monday morning, the court said there would be oral arguments.