Georgia officials have chosen the attorneys who will represent the state in the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens announced Monday that they appointed Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and Chris Landau and Craig Primis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to head up the legal effort.
The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
A new 2.5 mile whitewater rafting course will officially open to the public next Saturday in Columbus. The project has been in the works for several years and required that crews remove two historic dams. Whitewater Columbus cost about $25 million. The City of Columbus pitched in $5 million and the rest of the money came from grants and private donors.
US Army Corps of Engineers officials are extending the public comment period for the proposed Savannah Harbor deepening project. The agency is giving people 15 more days to register their opinions on the 600 million dollar proposal. Officials released the project's Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Report on April 11.
The Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia is still recovering from the biggest fish kill in Georgia history. This week the state released thousands of fish to help restore the river. When the kill happened in May, the state Environmental Protection Division launched an investigation. It found a textile company had been illegally polluting the river for five years.