Lawyers Appointed for GA/FL Water Dispute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia officials have appointed lawyers to handle a legal dispute with Florida over regional water rights.

State officials said Monday that attorneys Seth Waxman, Chris Landau and Craig Primis will lead Georgia's litigation team. It will also include Georgia attorneys Bruce Brown, Todd Silliman and John Allen.

Florida officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to divide up the water rights in the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola rivers. The river system serves Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

That lawsuit is the latest in a long-running dispute between the states. Florida says that metro Atlanta uses too much water, leaving too little for downstream communities, businesses and wildlife.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Florida should negotiate a solution, not litigate.

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