A federal judge on Friday ruled against Georgia in the state’s water dispute with Alabama and Florida, deciding that Atlanta-area municipalities must stop withdrawing water from a massive federal reservoir within three years unless they can get approval from Congress.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson said Lake Lanier wasn’t built for water supply and the state’s withdrawals are illegal. He acknowledged it would be impossible to immediately stop using the lake because it is metro Atlanta’s main water supply for 4 million people. But he said if the state can’t get permission from Congress within three years, the withdrawals must end.
The judge made the right call. Sprawling growth and consumption in Atlanta is completely out of hand and has been for a couple decades. This may end up in the Supreme Court one day however as this monstrous steaming clusterfuck of a metropolis has already been built and will totally implode without a huge supply of water. And realistically, is a court order someday going to close the aquaducts? Or what? One thing is for sure, there is no fixing Atlanta at this point.
In the meantime do you suppose any new building permits can be issued in the Atlanta region? Seems not, there better not be, unless and until Congress acts in Atlanta’s favor. Another question is how a Democratic congress will approach a three-way water fight between these Republican states.