Georgia Water Commission

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Members of an Alabama water resource
panel said today that they are confident in Governor Bob Riley's
performance in long-running water wars. But they called on him to
use the situation as an impetus for creating a statewide water
usage plan.
Alabama has been locked in the water wrangling since 1990, when
Florida and Alabama sued Georgia. They said the Peach State was
trying to take too much water from the Chattahoochee River for use
in the Atlanta area.
Members of the Alabama Water Resources Commission said Riley has
put up a good fight in meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers
and other water war players in recent months. But they pushed for
more with a resolution saying there is a chance to "enhance laws,
policies and procedures relating to use and management of Alabama's
resources.''
Drought throughout much of the South has intensified both the
water fight and the need for Alabama officials to know how much
water the state has and a plan on what to do if the water supply
dries up.
Todd Stacy, a Riley spokesman, said the plan is in its early
stages and the governor is in talks with agencies involved in
developing it.


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