Supreme Court Ruling on Florida v. Georgia Case, Atlanta Business Chronicle and SaportaReport
Water experts see silver lining in Supreme Court ruling against Georgia
On June 27, 2018, Craig Pendergrast was quoted in two articles regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of the Florida v. Georgia case involving the equitable apportionment of waters in the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola river basins as between Florida and Georgia. While the ruling sends the dispute back to the Special Master for more findings and recommendations, it recognizes the strong water conservation efforts that have been applied in the Metro Atlanta area.
According to Mr. Pendergrast, the Supreme Court decision, coupled with the Special Master’s report which was under review, indicates that the continuation of the litigation will place more focus on the agriculture industry’s increased use of irrigation in Southwest Georgia, its impact on river flows, lake levels, and Apalachicola Bay, and the impact of possible mandatory constraints on such irrigation, either via court decree or regulatory action.