Georgia loses again in water fight

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 5:56 AM
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ATLANTA — A judge has again ruled against Georgia in the tri-state water wars case and frowned upon the state's continued litigation of the matter.

Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson's said in a three-page order Monday that an appeal by Georgia would only delay and further complicate the resolution of claims.

The Georgia parties are seeking an appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Magnuson ruled in July that it is illegal for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to draw water from Lake Lanier to meet the needs of metro Atlanta's 3.5 million residents.

Magnuson stayed the case for three years to give Georgia, Alabama and Florida time to work out a water-sharing plan.

The judge said metro Atlanta shouldn't increase its current level of withdrawals from the lake during that time.

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zcock
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zcock 10/06/09 - 12:19 am
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A shovel ready job is on the

A shovel ready job is on the drawing board. A pipe from Atlanta to Clark Hill (Thurmond's Pond) Watch out CSRA and east Georgia! The city of Atlanta will be coming after our water now.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/06/09 - 06:05 am
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Don't know if it'll be

Don't know if it'll be "Thurmond's Pond" or a tap farther up the Savannah, but I can smell the Atlanta water grab from here.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/06/09 - 06:18 am
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intrastate civil war! atlanta

intrastate civil war! atlanta vs. everyone else!

southern2
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southern2 10/06/09 - 06:46 am
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Today Lake Lanier is less

Today Lake Lanier is less than two foot below full pool and Thurmond is almost six. Maybe we should be pumping water from Atlanta.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 10/06/09 - 07:22 am
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What would it take to make

What would it take to make Atlanta's water draw legal? Would they rather waste money on lawsuits or figure out how to take care of THEIR problem? Lawyers really love this, but no one else does.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 10/06/09 - 08:26 am
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ATL & Georgia get EXACTLY

ATL & Georgia get EXACTLY what they deserve for such short sighted planning and unrestricted growth!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/09 - 08:33 am
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The pumping from the Savannah

The pumping from the Savannah would be from Lake Hartwell, not Clarks Hill. It would seem that the judge's order concerning Lake Lanier would apply in a similar way to Hartwell. But what do I know? I'm not a judge.

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 10/06/09 - 01:44 pm
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Would a water grab be

Would a water grab be "covered" under an eminent domain type clause? There's not much water at Clarks Hill to begin with, but that might never improve if they pump from that reservoir or farther up-stream.

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