Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mediating Over Troubled Waters

My apologies to Simon and Garfunkel and their “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the last album they did together. Did you know that Florida actually has a statute, F.S. 373.71, known and cited as the “Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Compact”, or “ACF Compact” or “Compact” for short? This Compact among the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia and the United States of America has been entered into for the purposes of promoting interstate comity, removing causes of present and future controversies, equitably apportioning the surface waters of the ACF, engaging in water planning, and developing and sharing common data bases. Seems esoteric, doesn’t it?

Not so fast! According to this article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Governor of Georgia has asked the Governors of Florida and Alabama for a personal meeting [sounds like mediation to me] to resolve a 16 year tri-state water war. Georgia’s Governor believes there is too much at stake to let the courts decide! How about that?!?

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