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Governors Prepare For Negotiations In Tri-State Water Dispute

By Brett Tannehill

Tuscaloosa, AL – Governors from Alabama, Georgia and Florida continue to prepare for negotiations regarding the Tri-State Water Sharing Dispute involving the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

A recent federal court ruling said Georgia was illegally using Lake Lanier to supply drinking water to metro-Atlanta and gave the states three years to resolve their long-running disagreement over the A-C-F basin. The A-C-F is used to generate hydro and nuclear power in the region, and Governor Bob Riley says he hopes Southern Company and other interests won't use lobbying tactics to try and influence the Tri-State talks. Riley also says he expects the states to find ways to build new resources in the region to ensure everyone has enough water.

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