Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) attorney Mohammad Jazil sparked lively discussion as a speaker at a May 8, 2015, forum concerning the Apalachicola River and Bay hosted by Florida A&M University and the Florida Lake Management Association. The primary focus of the forum was on technical issues such as water- quality standards, microbial degradation of oil in the river basin, and the impacts of climate change on water flows. Mr. Jazil’s presentation, however, covered ongoing litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court between Florida and Georgia over management of water flows in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (AFC) River Basin.
Mr. Jazil discussed Florida’s most recent filing before the U.S. Supreme Court, which seeks equitable apportionment of water flows in the AFC River Basin that ultimately discharge into the Florida Panhandle’s Apalachicola Bay. While some presenters argued climate change was causing increases in the frequency and duration of low flows impacting the Apalachicola Bay and its famous oyster fishery, Mr. Jazil noted that Florida and Georgia have been litigating over water flows in the basin for a quarter century and expert affidavits supporting Florida’s lawsuit point to Georgia’s excessive water use as at least contributing to the low flow conditions. Mr. Jazil’s presentation led to a debate on the causes of reduced flows to the Apalachicola Bay that kept the forum going past its schedule close and raised the question of how available water should be equitably allocated. Mr. Jazil’s practice at HGS focuses on state and federal court litigation. Among other representative experience, he has represented clients in matters related to the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, federal telecommunications regulation, Everglades restoration, and private property taking disputes.
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