[UPDATE] Water Wars

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 12-14

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) --

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal said his state budget proposal will contain borrowing for new reservoirs as Georgia tries to resolve a long-standing three-state water dispute.

Deal said he's already talked twice with the incoming governors
of neighboring Florida and Alabama at a pair of national meetings.
He expressed optimism about negotiations moving forward.

A federal judge has said he will severely restrict Atlanta's use
of Lake Lanier in 2012 unless political leaders in Georgia, Alabama
and Florida reach a deal to end 30 years of fighting over water

Deal said that Georgia has to show it has done everything it can
to use water effectively and efficiently, and he said the state must some responsibility for the huge costs of creating new water supplies.



Georgia lawmakers met this week to discuss how to increase the state's water supply.

Georgia is locked in a tri-state legal battle with neighboring
Florida and Alabama over water that has environmental and economic implications for the region. Sen. Ross Tolleson of Perry says a combination of reservoir development, conservation and alternative methods are needed to achieve an adequate supply of water.

Tolleson also says the tough economic climate will hamper
Georgia's ability to pay for water infrastructure projects.

Reauthorizing the use of Lake Lanier as a main water supply is a
priority. But those who spoke at this week's meeting of the Joint
Committee on Water Supply say a substantial investment in water
infrastructure is needed.

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