The Chattahoochee River begins its journey south on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge mountains, just below Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest point at 4,784 feet. The word Chattahoochee is derived from the Creek Indian words meaning painted rock. From its birthplace at Coon Den Ridge in Union County, Georgia, the river flows south for 430 miles to its confluence with the Flint River. The Chattahoochee basin drains an area of 8,770 square miles and is the most heavily used water resource in Georgia.
Drought conditions exposed Lake Lanier’s lake bed in 2007. Credit John Bazemore / Associated Press The state of Florida is suing Georgia over water, including over how much water metro Atlanta can take from Lake Lanier. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, officials expected it to take more than five… View Article
The Supreme Court on Wednesday named Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr., of Portland, Maine, as the special master to review and propose a ruling to the Court in an original case, Florida v. Georgia. The appointment order is here. He has served as a special master in prior cases at the Court. The Court on November… View Article
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts — or in this case, of “environmental” legislation the dubious benefits of which look less environmental than political and financial. A bill has resurfaced in the Georgia General Assembly that didn’t make the cut last year, and for good reason. (Whether the reason it actually failed is the same as… View Article
Is Georgia’s bid to tap the Tennessee River a bluff? Or is it a ticking bomb that could cost Tennessee parts of Chattanooga, East Ridge, St. Elmo and Lookout Mountain? The answer may be clearer soon. The clock is winding down for Tennessee to accept what a Georgia legislator described as a “gift”: 66.5 square… View Article
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