As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule between Georgia and Florida in the years-long water wars, a peek into a future when “pretty solutions” to water shortages no longer suffice. That future has been unfolding in Cape Town.
The nation’s mayors have infrastructure on their minds, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. But mayors aren’t the only ones calling on Washington, D.C. to help out with paying for things like water works, roads and broadband.
A proposed surface mine in Wayne County, near Georgia’s coast, will be allowed to withdraw up to 11.5 million gallons of water a day from the Altamaha River basin, according to draft permits announced June 23 by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Florida is running out of money to litigate the water war with Georgia, Florida state budget records show. The shortfall was made public just as the states were required to meet and try to resolve the matter and deliver results by Thursday to the special master presiding over the federal lawsuit.
Kishia L. Powell doesn’t officially have the job as Atlanta’s watershed commissioner, but she’s hit the ground running and on Wednesday is to join Mayor Kasim Reed in celebrating a milestone in developing a reservoir at the old Bellwood Quarry.