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Lake Lanier. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report. (Photo: John Disney/ALM)

Georgia’s top officials cheered their victory with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling throwing out the long-running ”water war” case Thursday, while Florida said it had begun looking into whether “further action is warranted.”

Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote a unanimous opinion dismissing Florida’s case. The ruling ends the latest chapter in a series of disputes between Georgia and its neighbors over water flow from Lake Lanier to the Chattahoochee River into the Gulf of Mexico. The last remaining case sought to cap water use from consumption in Atlanta and irrigation on the farms of South Georgia. Florida contended Georgia used too much water and left too little to support for wildlife downstream. Lawyers argued before the high court in February.

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Katheryn Tucker

Katheryn Hayes Tucker is an Atlanta-based reporter covering legal news for the Daily Report and other ALM publications.

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