Florida Gets Political in Water War with Georgia
[Image: The Ramblin' Raft Race, an annual event in Atlanta, was cancelled in 1980 due to environmental concerns]
(Forsyth County News) - A week after a recommendation favoring Georgia was made in a U.S. Supreme Court case over water sharing, Florida lawmakers are now pressing the issue in Congress.
Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, has introduced a resolution seeking to stop the corps from carrying out provisions of its revised water control manual for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier in the headwaters.
And Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, has introduced a bill seeking to create a manual protecting and restoring “thriving and diverse populations of the full range of native fish and wildlife species.
”The Gainesville-based Lake Lanier Association especially reacted last week to Nelson’s bill, saying it “requires a significant response by Georgia, not only in defense of Lake Lanier and its importance to the Georgia economy, but against what would be a precedent-setting action by Congress to take control of a watershed system away from the Corps of Engineers.”