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.
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.