December 27, 2018

Florida v. Georgia: The Supreme Court weighs in on the struggle over the Appalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin

William L. Andreen

It seems that the struggle over how to apportion rights to the shared waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin will never end. After 30 years, seven lawsuits, years of unsuccessful negotiation, and a failed interstate compact, the U.S. Supreme Court finally waded into the dispute this past summer. Florida v. Georgia, 585 U.S. ___ (2018). Rather than resolving the matter, though, the Court in a five-to-four decision returned the case to a Special Master for findings and conclusions on five specific issues. Thus, the battle over the waters is likely to continue for some time.

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