Water Wars update: Georgia only appeals to a higher court on days ending in “y”

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.”

A “death penalty,” eh? Nice touch. More here and here.

5 comments

  1. Technocrat says:

    Maybe Georgia county water customers could repay the Federal Government expenditure for Lake Lanier corrected for inflation [822% since the 2 Million in 1950 and 38 M thru 1955. $330 M plus 55 years of Corp operating costs.

    Obviously there have been improvements along the way but a few Billion should cover reimbursement.
    At worst 2 million people would need pay $1,000 EACH [$2500 family] to secure water rights.

    It’s only fair to reimburse our fair share of the Federal expenditure!

  2. benevolus says:

    I think we could take the Corps of Engineers. Put ’em on a bus to Florida and we’ll manage the lake ourselves.
    WHO’S WITH ME??!!?!

  3. AubieTurtle says:

    Georgia seems determined to do nothing about the water situation so that it’ll be a crisis too big for the feds to allow. Guess we learned something from the banking and finance meltdowns afterall.

    Seriously, how many lawsuits have we lost over the past several decades in this matter?

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