Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alabama, Florida, Georgia governors want to resolve 'water war'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

The Birmingham News sends word that the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia want to resolve this pesky "water war" thingamajig next year before they leave office.

[Alabama Gov. Bob] Riley, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist met for two hours in Montgomery this afternoon. Perdue said he hopes an agreement can be reached before the governors leave office. He and Riley leave office in 2011.

"We have agreed the time for resolution is now, and the time for rhetoric is over," Perdue said.

The governors offered no specifics on their discussions. They said they want their negotiating teams to create a sharing plan to present to their respective legislatures in 2010. The Alabama Legislature begins meeting in January and concludes in April. Ultimately, Congress must approve any water plan.

The Georgia General Assembly meets around the same time as Alabama's. Get cracking, negotiating teams!

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