Supreme Court To Alabama And Florida: Quit Your Whining

OK, they didn’t actually say that.  They just declined to hear the two states’ request to continue to try to choke off Atlanta’s growth by denying North Georgia water from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River.

Attorney General Sam Olens released the following statement on the news:

“I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari, and the excellent decision by the Eleventh Circuit is the law – making clear that Lake Lanier can indeed be used for water supply for Georgia. It is my hope that we can finally put this decades-long legal dispute to rest and work together with our sister states — in meeting rooms, not courtrooms — to develop a fair and equitable water sharing plan and promote a strong and vibrant Southeastern region.”

Spend an extra 5 minutes in the shower today or wash your car in your own driveway to celebrate.  Also, Florida fans wear jean shorts.


  1. CobbGOPer says:

    This appears to be excellent news.

    Now watch the Corps of Engineers start to jerk us around at the direction of the Obama administration: “Oh, it’s nice you won your little court case, but we’re going to continue to control the flow at Buford Dam, and we’ll probably continue releasing too much water when we do so that your ‘drinking water’ will continue to be in short supply for the immediate future.”

    I still say we need to march up to Chattanooga and take our portion of the Tennessee River back. We never legally ceded that land.

    • Daddy Got A Gun says:

      How dare you insult the capabilities and competence of the Corps of Engineers. Who cares that no-one in the COE can read a flow gauge or build a levee that doesn’t collapse at the first flood?

      They have skills.

      They can regulate mud puddles. Mud Puddles are a significant environmental issue that affects the navigable waters of the US. At least that was what they wrote in a letter to me when I was an environmental engineer. The mud puddle measure 12 feet by 30 feet and was mostly mucky soil.

        • CobbGOPer says:

          While he’s at it, Rep. Broun should also consider what sort of interference the EPA and US Fish & Wildlife will bring as well. Between them and the Corps of Engineers and their regulatory power, they could make this ruling completely irrelevant in practical terms.

          And they’ll do it, too. There are countless stories of people winning suits like this against the government, and the government essentially saying “that’s nice, but we’re not changing our position.”

          It depends on whether EPA/COE/Fish & Wildlife want to get all ‘Andrew Jackson’ with us: “The Supreme Court has made its ruling. Now let them enforce it. Because we sure won’t.”

  2. sunkawakan says:

    Montana campaign finance summarily reversed.

    No HC decision today. They will sit again on Thursday.

  3. Jackster says:

    I hear there are several fireworks displays planned for next week to celebrate this SC decision.

    In other news, the MASSIVE water purification plants adjacent to lake lanier (since its creation) are still working – delivering DRINKING WATER to nearby areas from lake lanier.

    I’m glad I’m no longer bathing in sin.

    • elfiii says:

      @Jackster – “I’m glad I’m no longer bathing in sin.”

      Not me Jack. Now I have to figure out a new sin that will cause Alabamians and Floridians to damn me to perdition. Whatever could that be? I am at a loss. I suppose the Dawgs kicking football Boo Tay for the next century would suffice.

      • Jackster says:

        You’re right – if there was one thing I could send down the river, it would be U[sic] GA.

  4. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    This is great news as Alabama’s and Florida’s only true motivation was to permanently choke off Atlanta’s long-term growth prospects for their own gain, a scheme that appears to have been stopped in its tracks for the time being.

    Besides, we don’t need Alabama’s and Florida’s help to choke off our growth as it appears that Georgia has done an excellent job of choking off Greater Atlanta’s growth all on its own by refusing to adequately, or many times seemingly even slightly, invest in the region’s water and transportation infrastructure.

    With the type of friends that we’ve got right here in Georgia, who needs enemies in Alabama and Florida?

  5. Just Nasty and Mean says:

    It’s hard to believe the courts actually upheld common sense and deductive reasoning that rainwater, falling in Georgia, can be used by Georgians.

    …What a novel concept!

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      I know, right?

      The Supremes upheld common sense because this was never about supposedly fair water usage or even about protecting mussels.

      This was and has always been about getting Atlanta out of the way to boost the prospects of the Florida cities (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, etc) and Birmingham, which is still smarting from the Feds’ decision to designate Atlanta’s airport as a major hub/focus city rather than Birmingham’s airport back in the 1950′s.

      Killing Atlanta by cutting off its water supply in the 21st Century was seen as a way for Birmingham and Alabama to compensate for the loss of the airport hub to Atlanta and Georgia nearly 60 years ago that looms larger and larger in history and in the present as time progresses.

  6. SallyForth says:

    I often get bent out of shape about some of the things SCOTUS does, but I’ve been doing a happy dance about this one. 🙂 Georgia is the state that gave up all those thousands of acres of good farm land to form a water basin and collect water run-off from our N GA mountains. We made the sacrifices in our state with our own resources. The water is ours. Game over.

      • saltycracker says:

        I approve the decision.
        However Lake Lanier was a federally funded project and centuries old riparian water rights give everyone around the river some level of reasonable water use. Let the negotiations begin.

        In the old days, try cutting off a downstream guy or the downstream guy wanting too much and see how long it is to a funeral.

        • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

          The fact that Metro Atlanta, especially mega-suburb Gwinnett County, is so overly-dependent on a federally-controlled reservoir in Lake Lanier, illustrates the failure of the locals (cities, counties, region and state) to adequately invest in water infrastructure (as well as practice adequate water management) over the six decades of explosive growth in North Georgia in the post World War II-era.

          We don’t have to go out and attempt to build a dozen Lake Lanier-sized mega reservoirs like a Dallas, which started building out its network of nearly two-dozen locally-controlled manmade water supply and flood control reservoirs over 60 years ago at the end of World War II, and which attempting to do in North Georgia would be a major political challenge around these parts with Alabama and Florida lurking around with lawsuits and might also be a bit of an environment and geological challenge with the very limited size of the Chattahoochee River Watershed, we can simply build several dozen smaller neighborhood lakes.

          Whatever we ultimately decide to do to tackle our water challenges, we absolutely MUST better manage our existing water resources (which are pretty abundant considering that North Georgia averages over 50 inches of precipitation per year, compared to Dallas and North Texas which has managed to buildout a network of nearly two-dozen locally-controlled reservoirs, despite receiving 20 fewer inches of precipitation yearly than Atlanta and North Georgia), we absolutely MUST increase our water storage capacity and we absolutely MUST maintain our recently-found committment to water conservation.

          As the recent exceptional drought so vividly illustrated, proper water management is something that can no longer be considered optional around these parts.

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