Water War Appeal Rejected

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Alabama and Florida’s challenged Georgia’s consumption of water from the Chattahoochee River.

The two states were appealing a September 2005 ruling by the 11th U.S Circuit Court of appeals in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Appeals Court decision allows the Atlanta area to use more water from Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Than allowed under earlier orders.

Alabama officials say the ruling could allow Atlanta to take up to 50 percent more water from the lake and river.

Dothan City Manager Mike West says plans are in place to make sure Dothan has an ample water supply.

“We'll continue to pursue all the options related to the Chattahoochee as well as the Chattahoochee River in order to ensure that 100 years from now Dothan has the water it needs,” said West.

The three states, which share the Chattahoochee, have been fighting over the river since 1990.