The state of Florida has decided to take the so-called "water wars" it has had with Georgia to the Supreme Court, leaving Gov. Nathan Deal frustrated Wednesday in saying the state would not "roll over" and forgo its right to waters flowing through the state.
Deal was very clear in his point of view that Georgia should protect its resources.
"We're talking about water that falls on Georgia's soil and flows through the state of Georgia. There's a reason for us to be protective...We think we have plenty of ammunition and that we have shown good faith on our side and the efforts we have made to negotiate a settlement hopefully have been impressive to the court."
"We will not roll over. If Florida wants to fight, we'll fight."
Deal had presented a framework for future water rights and distribution a year ago to Florida, but had received no response. The debate between Florida, Georgia, and Alabama regarding the distribution of water from area rivers and lakes has been a source of controversy for decades, with Tennessee dragged into it as well due to border uncertainty regarding the Tennessee River.
Georgia had previously won a case in the 11th District Court of Appeals regarding its right to the water, but Deal tried to present an offer of settlement in its wake.Florida, instead, is appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.