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County subpoenaed over state water matters
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The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has been subpoenaed in an ongoing, long-term battle over water between Florida and Georgia.

I want you to be aware we received a subpoena delivered to the chair related to water litigation between Florida and Georgia, County Attorney Joey Homans said at Thursdays board of commissioners work session. The subpoena is for documents related to certain water matters and growth.

Homans plans to provide objections and responses after obtaining documents from the Dawson County Planning Department.

Well be working on that, he said. I have been in contact with the attorneys from the state of Georgia handling that to explain how we intend to file our responses and obtain their input.

Two weeks ago, Georgia attorneys attempted to shut down arguments from the sunshine state that Georgias increasing population and its demand for water is causing harm to Floridas Apalachicola Bay and causing serious declines to its fisheries.

In a 33-page document filed last month in the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia rejected those arguments.

The Supreme Court surprised state leaders by agreeing to hear the last ditch challenge from Florida, according to an article on ajc.com.

It was a rare setback for Georgia, which has won a series of court victories in a fight with Florida and Alabama that began in the 1990s, the article states.

It is unclear if the Supreme Court case is connected to the subpoena the county received.

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