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[ Georgia and Florida Agree to Mediator in Water Debate ]

According to the AJC, Georgia has requested a mediator to settle the 25-year water dispute with Florida.  While the parties do not anticipate a settlement any time soon, an attorney appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court is optimistic that the two sides have agreed to talks.

Georgia seeks rights to “plentiful amounts” from the Chattahoochee River, primarily for the use of metro Atlanta, as well as full use of the Flint River and tributaries for farmers in southwest Georgia.  Florida contends that overuse of these waters, which converge near the Georgia-Florida state line in the Apalachicola River, harms the ecosystem in the Apalachicola Bay, threatening the state’s oyster industry and the way of life in the Florida Panhandle.

Read more at AJC.com


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