Atlanta is growing at a rapid pace, and its ever-expanding suburbs appear to have taken over the state.

The city pulls from the rivers of north Georgia, depriving downstream residents of the water they need for drinking, development and environmental health.

The battle has pitted the city of Atlanta against farmers in South Georgia.

The Flint River runs nearly 350 miles from just south of Atlanta to Lake Seminole on the border with Florida.

In South Georgia, the Flint is integral to industry, energy, fishing, farming and tourism.

The Flint Riverkeeper’s corporation are fighting to save the river, but if all else fails, they are prepared to go to court. 

Senior Politics Reporter Pema Levy wrote about the topic for IBT Magazine and joined us to talk about what she found.