Governor Riley Calls for Water Wars Truce, Tri-state Meeting

COLUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Governor Bob Riley has called for a truce to the intensifying water dispute between Alabama and Georgia during the current historic drought.

He says details are being worked out for him to meet in Washington next week with Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Riley held a news conference outside the gate to the Farley Nuclear Power Plant near the Georgia line in southeast Alabama.

He said the plant could be forced to cut power production if the
current flow of water on the Chattahootchee River is reduced.

Riley said the dispute is not about drinking water for Atlanta versus protecting wildlife downstram from Georgia's reservoirs.

Riley said the dispute is about protecting the power grid, jobs and drinking water supplies in Alabama communities.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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