Georgia residents are thirsty for Tennessee water. And state lawmakers are willing to try and move the border in order to get it.
Lawmakers in Atlanta, at the start of a new legislative session, are quickly moving to renew efforts to tap into Tennessee’s water supply by contesting the state’s border with its northern neighbor. The Georgia House of Representatives voted 171-2 this week to adopt a resolution seeking a thin strip of land leading to the Tennessee River.
That would give drought-parched Georgia a slice of the water rights. Tennessee lawmakers say Georgia can keep dreaming — and they are ready to do whatever it takes to protect their water from Peach State poachers.
“I don’t think anyone’s taking it seriously,” Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said.