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Apalachicola Bay, a region of water in Florida that is part of the Apalachicola-Chattahochee-Flint river basin.

Georgia Wins Against Florida in Water Court Case

14 February 2017

Georgia has just been named the winner in a court case against Florida regarding both states’ water consumption. The AJC reports that the special master appointed by the Supreme Court, Ralph Lancaster, said that Florida did not provide enough evidence to show that Georgia’s water consumption should be capped.

Georgia, Florida, and Alabama have been fighting for years about the amount of water used from the Apalachicola-Chattahochee-Flint river basin. Florida first sued Georgia in 2013, saying that the amount of water Atlanta residents were using was affecting oysters and other endangered species in Florida.

During the trial, Georgia estimated that the state could have lost $250 billion if the court ruled against them. However, this might not be the end of the road – it is possible Congress or the Supreme Court could challenge the ruling.

In other state-related news, Zoo Atlanta has named a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach after the Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady. The announcement comes just a little over a week after an overtime loss for the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

 
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