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Fishkind Commentary: Florida Wars Over Water With Other States...And With Itself

[Image: Hank Fishkind]
[Image: Hank Fishkind]

February 11, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando - The increasing competition for scarce water has re-ignited the decades-long "water wars" between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Florida had until Monday to complete the process of filing a new lawsuit with the U-S Supreme Court, and today, the state waits to learn whether the justices will agree to hear the case.

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Georgia argues it needs water for a growing population in Atlanta. Alabama says water is essential for its agriculture. Florida claims that Georgia in particular is taking so much water it’s causing environmental harm and compromising the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. 

Economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston that the tri-state “water wars” are similar to the trouble Florida is facing with water scarcity within its own borders.

That’s economist Dr. Hank Fishkind with Fishkind and Associates.  You can hear his commentaries online or download the Fishkind podcast at wmfe.org/fishkind.

 

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