ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's environmental regulators have adopted rules requiring a broader review before allowing water to be taken from one basin and sent to another.
Board members at the Department of Natural Resources voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the rules, which will take effect in about a month.
They require the director of the Environmental Protection Division to take into account a variety of factors before allowing water transfers. Those factors include the effect of taking water from the donor basin during a dry year, the impact on water quality and financial costs.
Supporters say the rules will help Georgia resolve long-running water disputes with Alabama and Florida. A coalition of environmental groups says the rules give state officials too much discretion.