ATLANTA - A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday the state of Florida's lawsuit against Georgia over water in Lake Lanier and other Georgia waterways is "frivolous."
"The only 'unmitigated consumption' going on around here is Florida's waste of our tax dollars on a frivolous lawsuit," said Deal's communications director, Brian Robinson. "Florida is receiving historically high water flows at the state line this year, but it needs a bogeyman to blame for its poor management of Apalachicola Bay."
Robinson went on to say the state's conservation efforts have decreased metro Atlanta's water use even as its population has grown substantially, and Georgia offered a framework for an agreement which never received a response from Florida."
Robinson add that the lawsuit is "political theater and nothing more."
He said Georgia has won consistently in court and the state's water rights will be vigorously defended in the Supreme Court, "because our case is the only one with any merit."
The suit, which had been expected, was filed Tuesday, accusing Georgia of consuming too much fresh water from a river system that serves three Southeastern states. (See separate story. Link below.)
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)