Alabama and Florida have won a years-long
water war with Georgia after a federal appeals court threw out an
agreement for water rights to Lake Lanier.
The agreement that Georgia reached with the Army Corps of
Engineers would give the state about a quarter of the lake's
capacity over the coming decades for drinking water.
Alabama and Florida have challenged the pact reached in 2003,
arguing that the withdrawals would dry up river flows into their
states that support smaller municipalities, power plants,
commercial fisheries and industrial users like paper mills.
Georgia currently uses about 10 to 15 percent of the capacity in
Lake Lanier, a huge federal reservoir outside Atlanta initially
built for hydropower.