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Georgia asks U.S. Supreme Court to reject Florida's lawsuit over river water

An oysterman works Apalachicola Bay near St. George Island. Florida contends the 2012 collapse of the bay's oyster population was caused by Georgia's overuse of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. File photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Georgia on Friday filed a response in the U.S. Supreme Court in its water dispute with Florida saying that its neighboring state is suing the wrong party in the wrong court at the wrong time.

Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in federal court over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system since 1990. Florida filed a lawsuit in the  Supreme Court on Oct. 1 after Gov. Rick Scott said Georgia's unrestrained growth and use of water threatened the Apalachicola Bay oyster industry.

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