The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 8 in the long-running legal battle between Florida and Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.
The Supreme Court on Friday scheduled arguments in the case, which centers on Florida’s allegations that Georgia is siphoning too much water from the river system. Florida contends that Georgia’s water use has damaged the Apalachicola River and the oyster industry in Franklin County, Apalachicola Bay.
But a special master appointed by the Supreme Court recommended this year that Florida should be denied relief.
Georgia has argued that limits on its water use would undermine the state’s economy, including the growth of the Atlanta area and the agriculture industry in Southeast Georgia.