Governors strike a deal on GA/FL/AL water supply

Rather, they agreed to shelve their current dispute and meet again in January to discuss a new water-sharing plan, which they hope to have completed by February and approved by the Feds by mid-march. According to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, the rain that fell on this region over the weekend “helped ease the way to an agreement,” as it “kept water flowing at a level that all three states could use.”

From the St. Petersburg Times:

After five hours of “brutally candid” negotiations, the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama struck a tentative deal Monday in a 17-year battle over shared rivers.They agreed, at least temporarily, to shelve a plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bolster Atlanta’s water supply by reducing the flow to Florida.

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Although [AL Gov. Bob] Riley called the discussions among the governors “brutally candid,” and Perdue called them “candid and frank and productive,” none of the governors would detail exactly what issues still separate them. Instead they were content to declare a truce and leave the details to their staffs.

 

8 comments

  1. Ms_midtown says:

    An agreement reached because of recent rains, is not a solution, nor is it long term vision. Two years from now if Lake Lanier still looks like it currently does, I wonder which party/candidate will have the stones to start running ads with the drying shoreline of Lake Lanier.

  2. Harry says:

    The Corps of Engineers never promised anyone a static shoreline. People who moved to the shores of Lanier when it was at at high pool are like people who buy a house next to a privately-owned stand of trees and think it will remain that way.

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    According to what I read, they want to try to have a comprehensive agreement by March.

    Unfortunately, March is a long way off. Anybody heard any more recent data on how much water we have left? While the recent rain has helped a little, it’s not going to solve the problem.

    In the meantime, if I were the Guv, I’d tell Florida to go pound sand and continue pressing to get the COE to reduce the outflow from Lanier. Sorry, but we need it more than they do.

  4. ChuckEaton says:

    I don’t think the many meetings with the three Governors, the endless national media exposure, etc.. has been a result of the Lake Lanier property owners wanting a static shoreline.

    The folks who live on the lake know the level changes, that’s why all the docks have wheels on them.

    That lake is a major recreation center for metro Atlanta with an economic impact of over $5 billion. With all the boat ramps shut down, it’s virtually unusable and besides I’d be too afraid to take a ski-boat out there now.

    Aside from the recreation, it obviously serves as a major supply source of water. We’re not talking about appeasing the homeowners with a static lake level, the problem is the lake is at a 50 year low and heading south – which isn’t going to do anyone any good.

  5. SugarHillDad says:

    Our Gubernator is an idiot. It will take a new Governor to do any real negotiating. How much longer do we all have to wait? Maybe he’ll resign, one can hope.

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