Florida Officially Sues Georgia Over Our Water

We knew this was coming.  Florida has now sued Georgia in an action directly before the U.S. Supreme Court over water they want for their oysters.

The legal action filed directly with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is an escalation in a legal dispute lasting more than two decades.

The lawsuit is not a surprise. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced in August that the state would ask the high court to force Georgia to more equitably share water that flows downstream from Georgia into Alabama and Florida.

Scott’s move came after the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay suffered a near collapse and after federal officials declared a fishery disaster for oystermen on the Gulf Coast. Oysters need a mix of fresh and salt water in order to thrive.

Screw Florida and screw their oysters.  When you go to Six Feet Under or the Big Ketch or wherever for seafood this week, as them where their oysters come from.  If they come from Florida’s gulf coast, order something else.

13 comments

  1. xdog says:

    I’ll take oysters over another strip mall or business park any day. Twice on Saturday.

    Would you happen to know the breakdown of water usage for metro Atlanta, Columbus/Benning, SW Georgia ag area, Florida scrub oaks, and Appalachicola Bay?

  2. Jon Richards says:

    I am reminded of this, which appeared in a July, 2006 op-ed in the AJC:

    “There appears to be a very strong anti-Atlanta growth movement in Florida and, to a lesser extent in South Georgia and Alabama. If you cut off the water supply, you stop its growth. Lake Lanier, the mussels, sturgeon and oysters all are pawns in the game.”

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