2017-11-22 / Front Page

SCOTUS to hear water war case Jan. 8

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a 2018 date to hear arguments in the ongoing water war between Georgia and Florida, according to an article this week at AccessWDUN.

According to the court calender, justices are scheduled to hear from both sides on Monday, Jan. 8.

The water war is over water in the Applachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Florida filed the lawsuit in 2013, claiming Georgia uses too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.

The Maine attorney, appointed by the high court, gave Georgia a victory earlier this year in his recommendation to the high court. The two sides had argued the case before special master Ralph Lancaster in 2016.

While the high court can affirm or reject the recommendation, other outcomes are possible, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The paper reported that justices can also order Lancaster to re-examine the case.

Congress could also become involved in the decades-old dispute, and more lawsuits are also a possibility, according to the AJC.

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