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Water ruling stays

Remember a few months ago when Florida and Alabama beat Georgia in that court battle in the water wars over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint rivers system?

Well, a U.S. District Appeals Judge upheld the ruling on Friday and denied Georgia's appeal for a rehearing of the case.

The U.S. Court of Appeals had ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers overstepped its authority five years ago when it granted Georgia additional water rights that affected rivers in Florida and Alabama.

Florida said the decision levels the playing field" in a multistate tug-of-war over water that spans nearly 20 years. Now the court battle is probably over, lawyers say.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:58am]

    

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