Water problems

This story was lost in the commotion of Super Tuesday but it’s certainly bad news for Georgia and metro-Atlanta.

It would take an act of Congress to get more drinking water out of Lake Lanier for metro Atlanta, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Alabama and Florida immediately declared a major victory in the 18-year, tri-state water war, with Alabama Gov. Bob Riley calling it “one of the most important” legal decisions in his state’s history.

“The ruling invalidates the massive water grab that Georgia tried to pull off,” Riley said in a statement.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit comes at a critical juncture, with the three states rushing toward a Feb. 15 deadline to reach a long-term, water-sharing agreement.

Observers say it gives Alabama and Florida leverage in the negotiations and belies metro Atlanta’s assumption that it can count on Lanier to continue fueling its growth. Water from Lanier, the largest federal reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, forms Georgia and Alabama’s southern border and winds up in Gulf of Mexico.


  1. Anything that forces Metro Atlanta and the state to actually change the way it consumes water is, in the long-term, a good thing.

    If you’ll excuse me, I need to grab my rifle and bucket and head to the Tennessee border. My unit’s been called up.

  2. souldrift says:

    “it’s certainly bad news for Georgia and metro-Atlanta.”

    By that, do you mean that metro Atlanta might actually need to attempt to mitigate the effect of its cancer-like growth which now covers practically the entire north half of the State? You know–community planning, that thing we don’t seem to like doing in these parts because it gets dangerously close to “Regulation” which of course the area’s Republicans believe is always bad?

    Sometimes a reality check is a good thing.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    And this morning, the Governor issued a press release stating that he figured out a way to relax the outdoor watering restrictions (by recalculating the average used in a longer period of time). What a brilliant mind!

  4. juliobarrios says:

    Are there any major metro communities from county that have voluntarily limited growth (while there was still room left to grow).

    The prosperity that comes from growth is very difficult to turn down. Now I can name a bunch of communities that have stopped growth through stifling tax plans, over regulation, pro-union, etc..

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