Southern Water-Sharing Dispute Shifts to D.C.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley says Alabama is willing to share the water-shortage pain with Georgia and Florida during the current drought.

But it cannot let Georgia claim the water in federal reservoirs such as Lake Lanier as if it belonged only to Atlanta.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue wants to reduce the downstream release of water from Lake Lanier into the Chattahoochee River.

But Riley and Florida Governor Charlie Crist claim such cuts could
reduce Chattahoochee and Apalachicola river flows to levels that
would harm people and businesses in east Alabama and Florida's
Panhandle.

The three governors will meet Thursday in Washington, D.C. to discuss sharing water resources.


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