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Water wars latest chapter is big legal affair
Settlement may be closer, but states are mum on talks
Florida’s case against Georgia focuses on the economic impact of Georgia’s water withdrawals from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin, including Lake Lanier, on Florida’s seafood industry in the Apalachicola Bay.
Typically, the real legal maneuvering begins once a lawsuit is filed. But the latest legal battle in the 20-year “water wars” involving Georgia and Florida isn’t your ordinary legal challenge, starting with the team of lawyers on either side. Since October, when the U.S. Supreme Court accepted Florida’s newest claim against Georgia, there’s been considerable drama, from an appointed special master’s rants against the media to a flurry of subpoenas to governments and agencies in both states.