Governor Nathan Deal responded firmly Wednesday morning to the news that Florida officials plan to file a lawsuit in the ongoing water war between the states. Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been fighting for decades over how much water each is entitled to from their shared river networks.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott disclosed Tuesday that 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 that 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.
Hikers who reach the end of the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia could eventually have the option of continuing another 500 miles. A national preservation group is working to connect the trail with the Gulf of Mexico via the Chattahoochee River.