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  •  Georgia, Alabama and Florida are fighting (4+ / 0-)

    over water from the Chattahoochee River. And some here in Georgia have proposed redrawing a boundary with Tennessee to acquire more water. Maybe this could stop all the feuding over water.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:22:29 AM PST

    •  When I was at Georgia Tech in the late '80s (0+ / 0-)

      I had a class whose sole project was working on a solution to this problem.  I ended up dropping it.  IIRC, the real northern border of GA should actually be well into TN, but errors gave the current line.  The revised border would give GA access to the Tennessee River.

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        According to Geisinger, the border between Georgia and Tennessee  was “established at the 35th parallel of north latitude and would have been located on the northernmost bank of the Tennessee River at Nickajack” – a lake connected to the river. Geisinger says that two representatives, one from each state, who, in 1818, drew the border line, got the location of the line wrong. He argues that the line the two men drew is too far to the south, at some places by more than a mile, thus giving Tennessee control over territory, and water, which rightfully belong to Georgia.
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      I am not sure how this would help.  Water in the US is really a continental issue,which for many places in North America makes it an international issue.

      The Georgia and Albama border is on the edge of the central area of the US between the Great and Eastern divides up almost to Canada.  Any water that falls above them is going to be, in some way, be shared by all the states above them and even Mexico.  The Geogia and Alabama are not getting enough water, it is not a border issue, it is because consumers upstream are using too much water.

      A state fighting over water would be like Mexicans fighting over water amongst themselves.  It is not a Mexican problem, it is an international problem.  The US uses all the water before it gets to Mexico.

      •  I like Colorado. There isn't a single stream of (0+ / 0-)

        any significant size in our state that doesn't originate here in our mountains.  I like being upstream from everyone.  I do realize that doesn't mean our water rights are superior to everyone else, as Kansas has pointed out successfully in the courts and as Arizona and California are continually trying to do.  Still, when push comes to shove, we are first in line.

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