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Headaches and money drain of “Water Wars” nearly avoided a decade ago

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An old issue returned to the news last week when a U.S. Supreme Court-appointed special master recommended the Court rule against Florida in the ongoing Water Wars saga. Ralph Lancaster said Florida has not “met its burden” in proving reduced water flows from Georgia into the Apalachicola River are the cause for the harm befalling the region’s seafood industry. For nearly three decades Florida has tried to ensure sufficient water comes into the panhandle region that houses a good portion of…

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Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water

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The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute. Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor’s mansion. The meeting comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge from Florida seeking to limit Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River. Deal requested the meeting with Scott. The meeting was held behind closed doors. Florida argues that Georgia is guzzling more than its share…

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Rick Scott’s agenda amended to include meeting with Georgia governor Nathan Deal

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In a revision issued less than two and a half hours before the meeting was slated to take place, the office of Gov. Rick Scott released an amended daily schedule that includes a 3 p.m. meeting with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a defendant in a lawsuit Scott filed last year in the latest episode of Florida’s decades-long “water wars” with neighboring Georgia and Alabama. The delayed transparency may not be entirely on Scott’s end, however: Deal is reportedly going about a series…

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