The “Water Wars” between the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have been ongoing three decades without resolution. The dispute is over how much water each state is entitled to in both the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) and the Apalachilcola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basins. The more contentious of the two has been the ACF with the latest round of lawsuits and countersuits filed by the State of Florida against Georgia. Florida contends its oyster beds have been affected severely by the lack of water from upstream sources in the ACF system, caused primarily by the amount of water being pulled out of the Chattahoochee to satisfy out-of-control growth in the Atlanta area and out of the Flint for irrigation. Georgia contends Florida’s oyster problem is a result of Florida’s mismanagement of the oyster beds. Alabama has filed an amicus brief favoring Florida’s position.
An article in the online site Greenwire from the Environmental and Energy Policy News notes the Florida-Georgia dispute is now in a Portland, Maine court. Click here to find out why the long-running Southeast issue is being heard in Maine.