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.
Greg Bluestein @bluestein Georgia flatly rejects Florida’s water wars arguments January 24, 2015 | Filed in: Water Wars. Comments 78 Lake Lanier in 2009 A tersely-worded legal filing this month attempts to shut down most of Florida’s arguments in the long-running battle with Georgia over regional water rights. The 33-page document, filed this month in… View Article
Lawyers for Georgia and Florida have been fighting over water for years but on one issue they appear to have something in common: pushing back against the litigation schedule pushed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s special master. In an order issued Dec. 19, special master Ralph Lancaster Jr. of Maine gave the states until mid-July… View Article
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
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