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2003-2004 Florida, Alabama, Georgia water issues


December, 2004

Metro-Atlanta water board OKs temporary plan for Gwinnett County to pour more wastewater into the Chattahoochee River
Gwinnett is seeking state permission to send 9 million gallons of highly treated sewage per day to the river on its western border, but state regulators cannot approve the discharge unless it complies with regional water plans. With that in mind, officials who direct a 16-county water planning agency changed their long-range plans so Gwinnett can get the permit from the state Environmental Protection Division. EPD will issue a draft permit and take public comment in early 2005. Gwinnett Daily Post_ 12/7/04

November, 2004

Florida threatens lawsuit over U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' operation of reservoirs on the Chattahoochee River in Alabama and Georgia

Florida says the operations violate the federal Endangered Species Act. The Nov. 5 letter from attorney Donald G. Blankenau represents the latest missile in a legal fight among Alabama, Florida, Georgia and federal agencies over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Alabama and Georgia want water for growth, hydropower and shipping while Florida wants to protect fish and wildlife along the Apalachicola River and the seafood industry in Apalachicola Bay. The Corps of Engineers operates four major dams along the Chattahoochee River between North Georgia and the Florida state line. Reservoir operations threaten Gulf sturgeon, rare mussel species and the vanishing torreya trees, Florida said in the letter. Tallahasse Democrat_ 11/23/04

September, 2004

Alabama, Florida ask federal judge to block new water allotments for Georgia

Attorneys for Alabama and Florida asked a federal judge to permanently bar the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a deal that would let the Atlanta area suck more water from a key reservoir on the Chattahoochee River. The two states, which are downstream from Georgia, want U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to prevent the federal agency from honoring its January 2003 agreement that would let the fast-growing metro area take as much as 50 percent more water from the corps-operated Lake Lanier, located northeast of Atlanta. The corps and the state of Georgia, meanwhile, asked Bowdre to lift a previous order that temporarily barred the deal from taking effect. Bowdre issued no immediate ruling in the long-running fight over the three states' shared water resources. AP/Herald Tribune_ 9/29/04

August, 2004

Georgia Water Council seek water solution to state's vast cache in the southwest

The area may be subject to more negotiation with Florida as the task force works to develop a statewide water plan for Georgia. The council began its work just as the state’s agreement with Alabama over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin expired. However, talks that include Florida over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin resumed after stagnating last year. Bainbridge, Georgia Post-Searchlight_ 8/3/04

Alabama governor blames Georgia for water talk impasse

The governor said Georgia was unwilling to agree to a minimum level of protection for Alabama's water needs and suggested the dispute now appears headed back to federal court. A major stumbling block is a provision that would allow metro Atlanta to triple its consumption from the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin. AP/NBC13_ 8/2/04

Georgia governor optimistic talks can solve a water-sharing dispute with Alabama without going to court

But negotiators missed a weekend deadline. The governor said he was not willing to bend as much as Alabama wanted him to. At issue is water in Lake Lanier and several other Georgia waterways. AccessNorthGeorgia.com_ 8/2/04

Georgia, Florida, Alabama scramble to reach accord on water

Georgia officials, perilously close to losing another opportunity to resolve a water fight with a neighbor, recently have revived talks with Florida over the Chattahoochee River. Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been fighting over their common rivers since the late 1980s, in and out of court. In 1998, congressionally authorized talks began on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin among all three states, and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin between Georgia and Alabama. Last year, the ACF compact expired with no agreement. The three states reactivated lawsuits. The deadline for the ACT compact is Saturday. Georgia and Alabama officials are uncertain whether they will reach agreement. Florida says it is preparing its arguments on the ACF basin to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. But all three states say they are still negotiating a resolution. Atlanta Journal-Constitution_ 7/25/04 (logon required)

May, 2004
Alabama lawmaker's home town efforts vetoed to avoid further roiling water disputes with Georgia and Florida
State Rep. Jeff McLaughlin says years of frustration waiting for a three-state water use agreement led to introduction of a bill that banned the diversion of Tennessee River water from Marshall County for use by Atlanta and neighboring states. Gov. Bob Riley vetoed the bill, saying it could have torpedoed 15 years of negotiations by the three states over wider issues involving water from the Chattahoochee, Tallapoosa and Coosa Rivers. Talks to settle the dispute, mostly involving water being diverted for use by Atlanta, are currently on hold and at least some parts of the dispute are expected to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. AP/Tuscaloosa News_ 5/22/04


Secret negotiations with Corps. of Engineers could give Atlanta more water. Alabama and Florida not consulted. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia, Florida, Alabama water law suits.  Gwinnett Daily Post

What happens now in the Georgia, Florida, Alabama "water war?"

The Post-Searchlight   

Georgia governor blames Florida for failed 3-state water talks. Says Georgia and Alabama will go it alone. WABE

Florida, Alabama, Georgia water talks broke down over control of the Chattahoochee River. Courts may take years to decide allocations. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Florida to take Alabama and Georgia to court over Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River water. AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lake Lanier one issue holding up three-state water agreement. Do Florida and Alabama get a say in Atlanta's water needs?

Issues still unresolved in Florida, Georgia, Alabama plan to share the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Deadline is Aug. 29. Ledger-Enquirer





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