Ala., Fla. ask court to halt Lanier withdrawals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Florida and Alabama are asking a federal court to stop the Corps of Engineers from supplying water to Georgia from Lake Lanier, a federal reservoir outside Atlanta.

The states said they would file a motion in U.S. District Court Friday to invalidate the corps' operations on the lake. They argue that the withdrawals are illegal without congressional approval.

The reservoir is at the heart of the states' two-decade-old water wars in which Georgia maintains it needs more water to serve a rapidly growing population, while Florida and Alabama argue that the state's withdrawals harm their downstream interests.

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