Gov. Scott: Florida will sue Georgia over water | State Politics | Bradenton Herald

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Aug

Gov. Scott: Florida will sue Georgia over water | State Politics | Bradenton Herald

APALACHICOLA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott disclosed Tuesday his state is going to sue the state of Georgia, saying its increased consumption of water is limiting flows to the Apalachicola River.

Scott said in a statement Florida must take such drastic action because it has been unable to negotiate a settlement in recent decades on how to allocate water between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Florida’s step is an escalation in years of litigation.

“This lawsuit will be targeted toward one thing — fighting for the future of Apalachicola,” Scott said. “This is a bold, historic legal action for our state. But this is our only way forward after 20 years of failed negotiations with Georgia. We must fight for the people of this region. The economic future of Apalachicola Bay and Northwest Florida is at stake.”

In the past, Florida has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. But a recent ruling went against Florida in its push to limit Georgia’s withdrawals. Much of the problem comes from metro Atlanta taking water from Lake Lanier, a major reservoir on the Chattahoochee River near that city.

Florida’s oyster industry has seen a near collapse in the last two years because of reduced water flow and drought.

Earlier in the day, Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson held a U.S. Senate field hearing where they heard about the impact that drought and reduced water flows have had on Apalachicola Bay

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