Georgia governor lays out high stakes of water dispute
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says water resources are essential to the state’s continued growth, highlighting the stakes of an ongoing dispute with Florida.
Deal’s comments at a legislative event on Tuesday come about a week after trial testimony wrapped.
A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case is expected to make a recommendation in early 2017. The Supreme Court has the final say.
Deal said he thinks Georgia made a strong case.
Florida often focused on south Georgia farmers during testimony, arguing that agricultural use causes low river flows and endangers the oyster industry.
Georgia argued that limits on use will harm the state’s economy without significant benefit to Florida.
The dispute focuses on a watershed in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
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