Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

CONGRESSMAN BISHOP APPLAUDS SPECIAL MASTER RECOMMENTATION ON GEORGIA-FLORIDA WATER CASE

Feb 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr (GA-02) applauds Special Master Ralph Lancaster, Jr.’s recommendation, issued yesterday, that the U.S. Supreme Court deny Florida’s request for a cap on Georgia’s water usage.

This recommendation derives from a 2013 lawsuit filed by Florida that seeks to limit Georgia’s usage of water from the ACF Basin, which includes the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint rivers. Ralph Lancaster was appointed as a special master by the U.S. Supreme Court to provide a recommendation on the case, and found that Florida had failed to show that a consumption cap was necessary.

“Florida’s proposed limit on Georgia’s water use is unfounded and would be devastating to Georgia’s agriculture economy," said Congressman Bishop. "I am pleased by Special Master Lancaster’s recommendation to deny such a cap, and I am hopeful that this recommendation will lead to an imminent conclusion to this dispute.”

The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Supreme Court for further consideration.