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The ongoing court fight over water resources that involves Georgia, Florida and Alabama is now focused on south Georgia farmers.

What makes Vidalia onions so special that they get their own festival — and declaration as Georgia's official state vegetable? We asked Delbert Bland of Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia. He's been in the Vidalia business for decades and gave us a taste of the history and science behind this sweet onion.  

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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. 

US Supreme Court To Hear Tri-State Water Wars Case

Oct 10, 2017
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The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights.

The justices on Tuesday issued a brief order in a lawsuit that Florida filed at the high court challenging water use by its neighbor.

The court set not set a date for arguments in the case.

A lawyer appointed by the court to oversee the suit recommended that the justices side with Georgia. Florida has objected to the lawyer's recommendation.

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Georgia scored a big win in a long-running legal battle with Florida. Last week, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court said the high court should refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia’s water use. Florida argues the cap is needed because Georgia’s high rate of water consumption is dampening its oyster industry and state economy. E&E News reporter Amanda Reilly joined us to talk about this latest development in a decades-old water war.

Georgia Wins Water Wars Case In Dispute With Florida

Feb 14, 2017
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A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Georgia in the state’s long-running dispute with Florida over water rights in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.