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Corps of Engineers would give Georgia more water but less than requested

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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A U. S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal released Wednesday would provide about 15 percent less water from the Chattahoochee River for Georgia cities than the state requested in 2013 but substantially more water than they are using now. The federal agency says the effect on Apalachicola Bay, where oysters populations have been suffering, would be […]

Strong El Nino could bring winter rains to southeast

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM The strong El Nino now underway is expected to bring heavy rains to the southeast in the upcoming winter but some drier weeks until then, Florida state climatologist David Zierden said Tuesday. El Nino refers to a climate pattern associated with high air pressure in the western Pacific Ocean and low […]

Northwest Florida could get $21 million for springs protection

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM MIDWAY — The Northwest Florida Water Management District is in line to receive more than $10 million in springs protection funding from the state budget and could get as much as $21.5 million, the district’s governing board was told Thursday. The eight possible springs projects include $6.4 million for 1,077 acres […]

Supreme Court official denies Georgia’s motion to dismiss case

Monday, June 22, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTS.COM A court official has denied a motion by Georgia to dismiss a U. S. Supreme Court lawsuit by Florida seeking to cap Georgia’s water use. Florida in 2013 asked the Supreme Court to intervene following the crash of the oyster population in Apalachicola Bay. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have battled […]

Gov. Rick Scott, Georgia Gov. Deal meet privately on water dispute

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as part of a continuing round of private meetings to discuss water issues. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in court over water since 1990. In 2013, Florida asked the U. S. Supreme Court to cap Georgia’s water use at 1992 levels to protect water […]

Graham legislation would require feds to consider Apalachicola Bay water needs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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EASTPOINT — After a morning spent working with seafood harvesters on Apalachicola Bay, U. S. Rep. Gwen Graham said Tuesday she is introducing legislation to require federal reservoir managers to consider the bay’s freshwater needs. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been battling in federal court for 25 years over water from the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, […]

Alabama isn’t joining Florida in this water fight with Georgia

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDAENVIRONMENTS.COM Alabama says it doesn’t need to be involved in a legal fight between Florida and Georgia over water, unlike earlier disputes when Alabama usually fought alongside Florida in cases involving the three states. Florida filed a lawsuit in 2013 asking the U. S. Supreme Court to allocate water in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee […]

Florida in a bad spot with argument in water dispute, professor says

Monday, March 16, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE A legal dispute in the U. S. Supreme Court between Florida and Georgia over water can proceed without the involvement of federal government that operates dams on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers, federal officials say. That argument highlights how the water dispute between the states has changed. And if the argument holds […]

Apalachicola group fires back at Georgia subpoena in water lawsuit

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTS Two Florida universities, two counties and more groups in Apalachicola have received subpoenas from Georgia in its water dispute with Florida before the U. S. Supreme Court, prompting more criticism of Florida’s lawsuit. Florida in 2013 asked the U. S. Supreme Court to divide water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) system […]

Florida, Georgia issue subpoenas to groups in water legal fight

Friday, February 6, 2015

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By BRUCE RITCHIE FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTS Environmental groups in Georgia and a seafood workers group in Franklin County are among the organizations required to turn over information in a legal dispute over water between Florida and Georgia. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in court over water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system since 1990. In […]