SCOTUS Will Take Water Wars Case

Following a weekend of inexplicable good luck, Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that the Supreme Court will hear Florida v. Georgia in what is likely the last battle of the Water Wars.

At issue is whether the Army Corps of Engineers should be allowed to change its Water Control Manual (due out in November 2016) for the Alabama, Coosa, and Talapoosa Rivers given a court ruling that allows Lake Lanier reserves to be classified as drinking water. Florida wants the water to protect their oyster and jean shorts crop; we want it to supply South Georgia agriculture and thirsty ATLiens, who already pay some of the highest water bills in the world.

The Supreme Court has given the state 30 days to prepare a response.

7 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    The cost of water in the green hills of GA will soon pass electricity, even with Lanier.
    The Democrats don’t want to maintain the infrastructure.
    The Republicans won’t impose impact fees on new development to pay for the infrastructure (running a line to the end of the development won’t get it).
    Both are dependent on more customers for issuing ponzi bonds, raising rates and adding employees.

    For the short term, maybe Rep Lewis can march on DC with thirsty ATL constituents.

  2. Will Durant says:

    How did the oysters and the fresh water mussels survive during drought periods before the dams were built? At least they don’t have to release for non-existent barge traffic anymore.

    • Jon Richards says:

      My understanding is that fishermen created artificial ‘coves’ (for a lack of a better term) that would be conducive to mussel breeding along the edge of the Apalachicola river where it leads into the bay. These coves are dependent on a high water level in the river for the mussels breeding there to survive.

      When conditions revert to a drought situation, these mussel farms dry out, and have the logical loss of mussels.

      • Charlie says:

        My guess is that the point of his comment is this: The current regs for water release from the dam require more water to be released during a drought than the mussels would receive if the dam didn’t exist.

        Thus, the dam is there to protect mussels more than it is to provide water to humans under current regs.

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