ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- On a rainy day there's still a drop of good news for Georgians from a federal courtroom in Albuquerque, of all places.
After six years of water rights fights, the State of Georgia got a big win in the ongoing battle with Florida over the state's water use. A Supreme Court-appointed special master judge says Florida's fight to get more of Georgia's water from the Chattahoochee River should be dismissed. The judge's decision is just a recommendation. The full Supreme Court will decide whether to accept or reject it.
“Florida's claims are that Georgia is using too much water in the metro Atlanta area where the Chattahoochee flows through the city and then down into the flint river they are over consuming water for cultural operations in Georgia “ said Kevin Jeselnic with the Chattahoochee River Keepers, in a previous interview.
Florida wanted to limit Georgia’s water usage through 2050 arguing the state used too much water killing the Florida Panhandle’s once-thriving oyster industry, but Judge Paul Kelly said not so fast and denied the claim.
That is good news for folks who like Lake Lanier, tubing the Hooch in Atlanta, and all the way south to the state line.
The latest judge to hear the case says Atlanta did a great job in cutting water use. Things like slow-flow shower heads and toilets were critical to conserving water.
And about those oysters? Florida's complaint that metro ATL was hogging all the water in the Chattahoochee to slake ATL's thirst and killing their oysters?
The federal judge had other ideas. Nope, the tough times for Florida oysters likely came by their allowing over-harvesting, and the drought, not thirsty Atlantans.