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Water dispute affecting Chattahoochee River NRA will drag on after Supreme Court remands case

A long-running dispute between Georgia and Florida over the use of water from rivers that run through the states was left unresolved June 27 as the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a court-appointed special master to reexamine the dispute.

The fight over water in the Apalachicola-Flint-Chattahoochee river basin has lingered for decades. Florida filed a suit against Georgia in 2012, saying the withdrawals upstream harm the health of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster population. Georgia says it has taken several actions to reduce its use of water and is only using its fair share.


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