On Friday, a federal judge stunned Georgia with his diagnosis of the 19-year, tri-state water war:
Metro Atlanta had no right to rely on federally constructed Lake Lanier for its water supply, he said — and Congress needed to step in to clarify the issue.
Most of the reaction from Georgia politicians and candidates has been predictable — an expression of disappointment followed by a promise, brimming with earnestness, to work toward a bipartisan, tri-state solution.
But two reactions diverged from the ordinary. U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of Gainesville reflected an emerging view that Georgia’s congressional delegation might punt the issue back to the three states involved:
“I am disappointed in the ruling and will begin immediately working with my colleagues in the Georgia delegation to resolve this issue.
At the same time, there is nothing to prohibit the governors of the three states from coming together and reaching a long-term workable solution.”
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