Yet again…to arms!
Georgia has asked a federal appeals panel to overturn a judge’s ruling threatening to drastically restrict the water supply to greater Atlanta unless an agreement is reached by 2012 in a long-running dispute with Alabama and Florida.
In the appeal announced Thursday, Georgia argues that U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson overreached last year by issuing an order that could seriously curtail drinking water for Atlanta residents. The state said the judge misinterpreted laws governing who can take water from Lake Lanier.
Magnuson’s “order … will be devastating to three million residents who have no meaningful alternative source of water,” lawyers for Georgia said in court documents.
Attorneys for Gwinnett County, the suburban Atlanta county of about 800,000, also filed a separate appeal with the federal appeals panel. The county, which relies solely on Lake Lanier for its water supply, said Magnuson’s order amounted to a “death penalty for subsistence by existing households and businesses, as well as future economic growth within Gwinnett.”