Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared his intent to sue the state of Georgia over water usage of the Apalachicola River.
In the statement, Scott said, "because Georgia has not negotiated in good faith to fairly share the waters that flow between our two states, we are announcing today that Florida will bring suit in the U.S. Supreme Court next month to stop Georgia's unchecked consumption of water that threatens the existence of Apalachicola fisheries and the future economic development of this region."
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal responded saying that "Governor Scott's threat to sue my state in the U.S. Supreme Court greatly disappoints me after I negotiated in good faith for two years." Deal adds that "more than a year ago, I offered a framework for a comprehensive agreement. Florida never responded. It's absurd to waste taxpayers' money and prolong this process with a court battle when I've proposed a workable solution. Georgia has made significant progress on water conservation and has proposed an agreement that would meet the needs of both states. While the timing seems to work for political purposes, it's ironic this comes at a time when Florida and Georgia are experiencing historically high rainfall. The fastest and best resolution is an agreement, not a lawsuit going into an election year. On the flip side, the merits of Georgia's arguments have consistently prevailed in federal court, and a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court would decide this issue in Georgia's favor once and for all."