An 18-year water war between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida has come to an end of sorts: A federal appellate court has voided an Army Corps of Engineers agreement that would have given Georgia the rights to nearly 25 percent of federal reservoir Lake Lanier as a source of drinking water for metro Atlanta. Alabama and Florida had sued over the plan, saying it would siphon off water that would otherwise flow to their states. Atlanta, which has been accused of not being mindful of water resources while encouraging rampant growth, is “the big loser here,” says water-law expert George William Sherk. The three states are negotiating a new division of water, as a record drought continues.
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Goodbye, everyone! A massive hole has opened at the End of the World
Mother jailed for letting her daughter run free — at the playground
Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters
A Tesla for the rest of us? Elon Musk dishes on the new, cheaper model
Nestlé doesn’t want you to know how much water it’s bottling from the California desert