It’s not exactly a “sweetheart deal,” but the Great State of Georgia seems to have won a victory in the water war with Florida, according to a news release from Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Chris Carr dated on Valentine’s Day 2017.
Hearings were held in Maine before Special Master Ralph Lancaster, Junior, in response to Florida’s law suit charging that Georgia was taking too much water from the ACF Basin, comprised of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers.A recommendation will be made by Special Master Ralph Lancaster, Jr., to the U.S. Supreme Court to deny Florida’s request for a new apportionment of the waters of the ACF Basin.
“We are incredibly pleased with the special master’s recommendation to the Supreme Court of the U.S.” said Deal. “Georgia remains committed to the conservation efforts that make us amicable stewards of our water. We are encouraged by this outcome which puts us closer to finding a resolution to a decades-long dispute over the use and management of the waters of the basin.”