Bill would hand win to Georgia in water dispute with Florida | Tallahassee Democrat | tallahassee.com

16
May

Bill would hand win to Georgia in water dispute with Florida | Tallahassee Democrat | tallahassee.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a public works bill on Wednesday that would give Georgia an important victory in a long-running water-rights dispute with Florida.

Both of Florida’s senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio, tried unsuccessfully to add an amendment that would have limited Georgia’s water use from two federal reservoirs providing important freshwater flow to the Apalachicola River Basin in the Florida Panhandle.

Georgia uses much of the water to accommodate the Atlanta region’s growth.

The issue was debated as part of the sweeping public works bill, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed 83-14 despite criticisms from some lawmakers that it would add to the federal deficit.

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