Georgia leaders to discuss water ruling

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is meeting with the state

FILE - In a Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 file photo, men fish from the exposed shore at Lake Lanier in Buford, Ga. Lake Lanier is the main source of water for Atlanta. A Friday, July 17, 2009 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson found that nearly all of Georgia's withdrawals from Lake Lanier, a massive federal reservoir north of Atlanta, are illegal because the lake wasn't built for water supply. The ruling has left Peach State leaders racing against the clock to avoid a potentially dire water shortage in the South's largest urban area. (AP Photo/Greg Bluestein, File)

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is meeting with the
state's congressional delegation to discuss a response to a federal
court ruling that could restrict metro Atlanta from its main water

Perdue joined Georgia's delegation Monday to discuss the July ruling that found the state has little legal rights to Lake Lanier, a federal reservoir that supplies more than 3 million metro Atlanta residents.

The judge said most of the withdrawals would end in three years
unless Congress approved a settlement.

Perdue has said he wants to "nationalize" the issue and has
encouraged lawmakers to draft legislation to address the
three-state tug-of-war over water rights.

But some senior lawmakers have said they want the leaders of
Georgia, Florida and Alabama to hash it out themselves.

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