Georgia officials have appointed lawyers to handle a legal dispute with Florida over water rights.
Earlier this month Governor Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against Georgia, hoping the US Supreme Court will hear the case.
He's hoping the courts will decide who have the final word as to how Georgia, Alabama and Florida will share water from the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola Rivers in the future.
Alabama and Florida contend Georgia takes too much water to meet Atlanta's needs, which depletes the water flowing downstream.
Experts say the oyster kill in Apalachicola Bay was a direct result of reduced fresh water coming down the Chattahoochee River into the Apalachicola River.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said Florida should negotiate a solution, not litigate but he also announced he's hired 6-attorney' to lad the state's litigation team.
If the supreme court takes up the case, it could finally settle a dispute that's been going -on for nearly 25-years.