A bill under consideration by state lawmakers would prevent farmers from withdrawing some water from the Flint River basin during severe drought. Opponents say the bill would permit government overreach, and threaten individual property rights. But the bill’s supporters say it would be in effect during extreme weather conditions only, and would pertain only to water from augmented stream flows.
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.
Georgia's state government is considering investing in a reservoir that could send water downstream during dry spells into a lake at the center of a three-state dispute. Gov. Nathan Deal's administration is weighing a request from Hall County to invest $14.6 million in the Glades Reservoir.
It is no surprise that U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson would side with his home state on the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Isakson said Thursday he is disappointed with Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to file a lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.
Lawmakers from Georgia and South Carolina are pledging to hold additional meetings to discuss water issues along the Savannah River. Georgia lawmakers spent several hours visiting to the Statehouse in Columbia yesterday.
A day after the General Assembly adjourned for the session, water watchdogs are celebrating the failure of a bill that could have barred property owners from irrigating on their own land. The bill would have given the state the power to implement water augmentation program to increase the flow of the river, but would block those down river from the project from accessing the water.