Environmental Law & Policy Alerts -Update from Somach, Simmons & Dunn

December 18, 2019

Special Master Recommends Denying Florida’s Request for Equitable Apportionment in Florida-Georgia Water Dispute

The Special Master in the long-running dispute between Florida and Georgia over the apportionment of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) issued a report to the U.S. Supreme Court last week that is favorable to Georgia.  The Special Master, Senior U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Paul J. Kelly, concluded that Florida had not shown harm to Florida caused by Georgia, Georgia’s use is not unreasonable, and the benefits of equitable apportionment would not substantially outweigh the potential harms.  Accordingly, the Special Master recommended that the Court deny Florida’s request for a decree equitably apportioning the waters of the ACF Basin. … Read More

Written by Michelle E. Chester