Georgia’s water war with Florida and Alabama is about to resume.
On Tuesday afternoon, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott announced his state will file suit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court in September. Scott said he will ask the Court to, as he put it, “stop Georgia’s unchecked and growing consumption of water.”
Scott charges Georgia’s growing use of water is threatening fisheries and the oyster industry in the Apalachicola Bay.
Georgia, Florida, and Alabama have been involved for decades in a legal fight over water flow downstream from Lake Lanier, which metro Atlanta uses as its source of drinking water. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Florida and Alabama. The states wanted the high court to overturn an appeals court ruling, which allowed metro Atlanta to use Lanier for drinking water.