Metro Atlanta’s future rides on the legal opinion of one irascible, no-nonsense Yankee barrister who has warned that neither Georgia nor Florida will be satisfied with his ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court appointed Ralph Lancaster as the “special master” to determine the validity of Florida’s 2013 lawsuit against Georgia and its alleged over consumption of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers.
If Florida prevails, then Georgia might have to cap its water use, much to the economic detriment of southwest Georgia cotton farmers and/or Atlanta utilities, factories and Realtors. Florida, in pretrial briefs, seeks as much as 40 percent more water from Georgia during droughts.
The outcome of this trial has serious ramifications for Georgia’s citizens, businesses and our industry. Please follow the trial here and on Facebook
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