Southern States Head to Court Over Water-Sharing Plan

Florida couldn't agree on a water-sharing pact with Alabama and Georgia and will ask the courts to settle the issue. The head of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation said Monday there was no extension of the agreement, which expired at midnight Sunday.

David Struhs also said there was no agreement by the three states on how to share water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. The three states tentatively agreed in July to a water-sharing plan, but were unable to reach a final pact.

As a result, the issue will be settled in three federal court lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and the District of Columbia. Officials also said they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to determine this fall how much water each state should receive.