TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The governors of three drought-stricken
Southeastern states have agreed to speed up talks on sharing water
during scarcities, hoping to end a nearly 18-year fight over the issue by March.
The governors of Florida, Alabama and Georgia and federal officials also agreed not to reduce for now the minimum amount of water that will flow into the Apalachicola River, which feeds a major oyster breeding ground in the Florida Panhandle. That eases the minds of some fishermen and Florida officials. They had feared the flow could be further reduced to meet drinking water needs in Atlanta.
Florida's Charlie Crist, Georgia's Sonny Perdue and Alabama's Bob Riley say they have agreed that their staffs will continue to work together to come up with a plan for doling out the region's water by March 15.