Florida Fights with Georgia Over Water Consumption

Posted at 10:19 PM, Sep 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-25 22:19:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) - A year after Florida filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court with Georgia over water consumption, the U.S. solicitor general has advised the high court to delay taking the case. 

The lawsuit was Florida's most-recent attempt to get more freshwater flowing downstream from Georgia in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

In a filing last week, U.S. solicitor general Donald B. Verrilli wrote that while Florida's should "postpone equitable apportionment proceedings" until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes a revised master manual for operating the river system.

Georgia Governor Nathan deal says he's encouraged by Verrilli's ruling and hoped to return to the negotiating table.