Florida is filing a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over its consumption of freshwater in a river system that serves three Southeastern states.
The legal action filed directly with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is an escalation in a legal dispute lasting more than two decades.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced in August that the state would proceed with a lawsuit asking the high court to force Georgia to more equitably share water that flows downstream from Georgia into Alabama and Florida.
Scott's move came after the oyster industry in northwest Florida has suffered a near collapse and a day after federal officials declared a fishery disaster for oystermen in the Gulf Coast. Oysters need a mix of both fresh and salt water in order to thrive.
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