Dixie Govs Push Lake Lanier Water Deal

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 16 (UPI) — The governors of three Southern states say they want to have a deal ending a long-running water dispute ready by early next year.

The governors of Georgia, Florida and Alabama met Tuesday in Montgomery to strike an agreement on dividing up the water output of Lake Lanier, which is being reduced by a federal judge.

“I think there was a will to resolve this,” Perdue told reporters after the conference. “We have agreed that frankly the time for a resolution is now and really the time for rhetoric is over.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Wednesday that the governors agreed to direct their negotiators to come up with a water-sharing plan that can be presented to their respective legislators in the coming months.

The Journal-Constitution noted Perdue and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley are on the verge of leaving office due to term limits, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is running for the U.S. Senate.

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