Sen. David Shafer wants to redraw the border with Tennessee:
Desperate for water amid a historic drought, some Georgia lawmakers are trying to reopen an 1818 border dispute with Tennessee.
They have set their sights on a stretch of the 652-mile long Tennessee River that flows tantalizingly close to the Georgia line – and by some historic accounts, should be within Georgia’s borders.
“It’s never too late to right a wrong,” said state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth.
Shafer’s Senate resolution says a flawed survey in 1818 mistakenly marked Georgia’s border one mile south of the 35th parallel – and thus excluded the Tennessee River from Georgia’s reach.
The Tennessee River has a flow about 15 times greater than the Chattahoochee, which supplies Atlanta with its water.
The resolution would not change Georgia’s borders, but it would create a “boundary line commission” that aims to resolve the dispute. It was co-sponsored by all of Georgia senators, and a similar proposal was introduced in the House.
Good move Senator!
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