The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the Georgia-Florida water wars case during its current term.
In an order issued Tuesday, the high court said it would hear the case that involves water in Lake Lanier, "in due course."
The current court term is scheduled to run through June or July of next year. The order doesn't specify at what point in the term arguments will be heard.
Lawyers for Georgia and Florida participated in a month-long trial on the dispute in 2016. Ralph I. Lancaster, Jr., a Maine attorney appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the legal battle, essentially handed Georgia a victory in the case in his recommendation to the high court.
At the root of the decades-old dispute is Florida's claim that Georgia uses too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Georgia has disputed the argument.
Lancaster, named Special Master in the case, has on several occasions implored both sides to settle the dispute.