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Those aggressive northerners are staying out of this water fight.  It's strictly an all Dixie affair - for now:

Georgia senators today passed a resolution calling for the correction of survey areas along the state’s northern border in a 48-2 vote, a news release states.

“The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified the Tennessee River as a likely source of water for North Georgia,” said Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, as he presented the resolution. “Yet the state of Tennessee has used mismarked boundary lines to block our access to this important waterway.” [...]

The Tennessee Valley Authority must approve interbasin water transfer that take water out of the Tennessee River watershed. TVA says it has not recommended using the river as a primary water source for North Georgia.

I suppose this has absolutely nothing to do with the Georgia Senatte's sudden desire to reclaim their state's right to all that water Tennessee has been stealing from them.

During the summer of 2012, up to 95 percent of the state experienced some level of drought; in December, it hit 99 percent. Last May, nearly a quarter of the state experienced drought that registered as extreme. Despite the state legislature arguing that the drought wasn't that bad (in an effort to avoid hurting the landscaping industry), it was.

Nor was last year the first time such a drought imperiled the state. In 2008, there was a similarly bad drought — prompting the state to try to gain access to the river by moving the boundary north. Tennessee rejected that effort.

Georgia's renewed focus on accessing the river isn't just a smart plan for right now. (Eighty percent of the state is still under drought conditions.) Climate change is likely to ensure ongoing droughts of similar magnitude, making an additional steady source of freshwater a critical need for the state.

Expect more of these intrastate conflicts to break out over water resources in the coming decade, because much of the Midwest and West face the same problem - not enough water to go around, exacerbated by population growth, increased demand by industry (Hi their Mr. Hydrofracking Oil & Gas Company!) and our familiar moody super villain, Mother Nature.  She's still pissed at us:

The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought.

Hey, my in denial about climate change friends, all I can say is Al Gore told you so.

Originally posted to Steven D on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:55 PM PDT.

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  •  A TPM reader has chimed in w/ interesting info (3+ / 0-)
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    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:07:02 PM PDT

    •  A Real Expert There (3+ / 0-)
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      Additionally, the Tennessee River’s headwaters are located in Georgia
      Since the Tennessee River starts in Knoxville at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers, I guess Georgia figures all of East Tennessee is theirs...

      Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

      by The Baculum King on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:30:06 PM PDT

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      •  I guess Tennessee isn't true to it's word then? (0+ / 0-)

        Both states agreed to a boundary, both states agreed to correct an improperly drawn boundary. It should not have taken this long.

        How you get that Georgia "figures all of East Tennessee" out of a few hundred yards is beyond comprehension.

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:42:33 PM PDT

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        •  Did You Read My Comment? (4+ / 0-)
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          Did you happen to notice the blockquote from the TPM piece linked in the Comment I responded to? I'll reprise the quote, just for you:

          Additionally, the Tennessee River’s headwaters are located in Georgia
          Since reading isn't your strong suit I'll go WAY out on a limb and guess geography isn't either, so I'll type slowly so you can keep up.

          A river's "headwaters" is generally thought of as the "furthest place in that river or stream from its estuary or confluence with another river, as measured along the course of the river" (from Wikipedia), or where it starts being a river. In this case that happens in the eastern part of Knoxville, Tennessee, which is a long way from any part of Georgia.

          An alternate view of "headwaters" encompasses the source streams that make up a river at its inception, in this case the Holston River, which flows from Virginia into Tennessee, and the French Broad, which comes out of North Carolina. Careful scrutiny will reveal that Georgia wasn't mentioned as the source for either stream, thus the absurdity of the claim I quoted.

          Anything else I can help you understand today?

          Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

          by The Baculum King on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:58:15 PM PDT

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          •  Wow, did you not see my "...lol"? (0+ / 0-)

            My comment was tongue-in-cheek, but you are way more emotionally vested in this issue than me.

            I hope insulting me over the internet made you feel as good as I feel sorry for you.

            "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

            by sebastianguy99 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:28:13 PM PDT

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            •  I Still Don't See It (1+ / 0-)
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              Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

              by The Baculum King on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:39:25 PM PDT

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            •  You did not say lol except in response to Kimball (0+ / 0-)

              Cross and what he/she learned in GA 8th grade history.

              You began by insulting Tennessee -"isn't true to it's (sic) word" and "has no honor."

              If we are serious about this issue, it is because it gets damned old for GA to keep trying to steal our water so that your lawns can be green.

              Water is a serious issue - if you lived somewhere that you didn't just turn on a faucet to get it, you might understand that.

              You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

              by sewaneepat on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:08:24 AM PDT

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        •  The Holston and French Broad are nowhere (1+ / 0-)
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          near Georgia. Look at a map.

          You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

          by sewaneepat on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:01:53 PM PDT

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        •  Also, Georgia is claiming more than (3+ / 0-)

          "a few hundred yards." They are claiming over a mile so they can barely touch Nickajack Lake so they can water lawns in Atlanta.  Again, look at a map.

          You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

          by sewaneepat on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:30:39 PM PDT

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          •  You people are too darn serious. (0+ / 0-)

            This issue has been around before any of us were born, and will likely be that way when we depart this life.

            For the record:I wasn't taught this in any history class. It was a joke.

            The first I heard about it was on an episode of H2's How The States Got Their Shape. The host visits a bar where half the place is in Tennessee and the other half in Georgia. I would say check it out, but you folks probably aren't going to like what they say either.

            Best of Luck to the Vols this season.

            "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

            by sebastianguy99 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:32:50 PM PDT

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  •  Oh, no, not this sh*t again! (5+ / 0-)

    I grew up in Atlanta. This is not the first time somebody in Georgia has tried to move the state's boundary with Tennessee north to annex a few square miles. It's a ludicrous non-issue that just never seems to go away.

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    by Kimball Cross on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:08:25 PM PDT

    •  I grew up in Atlanta too and it is not annexing. (0+ / 0-)

      Is that what you learned in 8th Grade Georgia History...lol?

      We learned that both states made an agreement and that the other guys have no honor.

      "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

      by sebastianguy99 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:45:05 PM PDT

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  •  Water waters are definitely happening... (6+ / 0-)

    and some of them are much more "local" than between States.  

    Recently there was an effort by a City trying to set up a pump station in my more rural community, whereby they would freely pump water from our community to the City to feed their development frenzy.    It was vigorously opposed, and we succeeded in stopping it, at least for now.

    What really is irksome about it is that the City makes no real efforts to conserve water...  

  •  Old saying out West (1+ / 0-)
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    Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting over.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 04:48:11 AM PDT

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