Atlanta, GA (AP) - As Georgia and its neighbors feud over water use,
two Georgia lawmakers are introducing bills meant to guarantee
Atlanta's access to water.
Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss introduced four bills
Thursday meant to fix a looming water crisis for Atlanta.
Last year, a federal judge ruled Atlanta has little right to
take water from Lake Lanier, a reservoir on the Chattahoochee
River. Unless Georgia resolves lawsuits with Alabama and Florida,
the judge threatened to severely curtail Atlanta's access to its
main water source in 2012.
The legislation would allow water withdrawals from Lake Lanier
for industrial and municipal uses.
Alabama and Florida say Atlanta already uses more than its fair
share of water. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby says the new
legislation is "dead on arrival."
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