Lawmakers urge governors to start water talks

Lawmakers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama are putting new pressure on their governors to start negotiations on resolving a court ruling that could rob Atlanta of its primary water source.

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)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama
are putting new pressure on their governors to start negotiations on resolving a court ruling that could rob Atlanta of its primary water source.

Signaling frustration that talks have not begun, lawmakers from
the three states emerged from a meeting Wednesday saying the
governors must understand the situation is urgent.

A federal judge ruled in July that the Atlanta region was illegally tapping Lake Lanier.

He said Georgia would lose access in three years if it can't push a settlement through Congress authorizing the use.

All parties agree that the governors - who have fought over
water for years - are best equipped to negotiate.

But the feuding governors have not yet set an initial meeting.


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