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Feb. 18, 2021, 11:01 AMUpdated: Feb. 18, 2021, 6:06 PM

Parched Oystermen, Farmers Face Off in High Court Water War (1)

Jennifer Kay
Jennifer Kay
Staff Correspondent
Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Oystermen in Florida and farmers in Georgia have been locked in a bitter argument over shared river resources for decades. Their dispute reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, where justices will face the question of how much water is enough.

“It’s kind of a classic case between this small population and small economy depending on an environmentally sensitive industry, against a huge population and a huge economy by comparison up in Georgia,” said John B. Draper, a leading water rights lawyer based in Santa Fe, N.M. “There’s that kind of David and Goliath aspect to ...

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