Tri-State Water Wars Overflow Into Tennessee

Apr 18, 2018

Georgia has been at war with Alabama and Florida over tri-state water use for decades. More recently, Tennessee entered the mix

The legal dispute began in 1990, when Alabama and Florida sued Georgia and the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) over a COE recommendation that a dam on the Chattahoochee River be used to supply Atlanta with water, rather than the states of Florida and Alabama. 

Nearly 30 years later, the battle continues: Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides in Florida v. Georgia

To understand the water wars and the environmental impact of stretching water resources to serve Atlanta, we spoke with Gil Rogers. He oversees the Southern Environmental Law Center's offices in Alabama and Georgia.