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Long battle likely if Florida takes water fight to U.S. Supreme Court, experts say

In Apalachicola Aug. 13, Gov. Rick Scott says the state will sue in the U.S. Supreme Court to stop what he calls Georgia's overuse of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Florida may be pursuing its only legal course by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide its water dispute with Georgia, but that route still could be slow and costly, legal experts say.

Gov. Rick Scott announced in Apalachicola last week that the state will file a lawsuit in the Supreme Court to halt what he calls Georgia's "unchecked and growing" water consumption. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal answered that Scott's announcement was political and Florida had failed to respond to his state's proposed comprehensive framework for a water agreement.

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