Another water battle bubbles up on Capitol Hill

How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres)
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How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres)

WASHINGTON — The latest battle in Georgia’s long-running water war with its Alabama and Florida neighbors spilled into public view on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

The in-the-weeds legislative sniping threatened the fate of legislation reauthorizing the nation’s water infrastructure programs, which congressional leaders are hoping to send to the president’s desk this week.

Alabama and Florida lawmakers bemoaned the final version of the water bill due to language authored by Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall that they said could favor Georgia in the decadeslong dispute.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s delegation argued that Congress should have no role in the water dispute, which was recently argued before a Supreme Court-sanctioned special judge in Maine.

Read more about the newest round of the dispute here. 

More on Georgia’s water wars:

Army Corps of Engineers water plan a boost for metro Atlanta’s growth


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