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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:42am

Perdue Meets With Enviromentalists On Water Issues

Governor Perdue on Tuesday briefed 11 of Georgia’s top environmentalists on the state’s response to the federal water ruling handed down this summer.

The meeting was private. But afterwards, people like Joe Cook talked to reporters. Cook is with the Coosa River Basin Initiative, which represents Northwest Georgia water interests.

Cook said Perdue outlined plans to appeal the ruling which slapped Georgia for not getting Congressional approval for water from Lake Lanier.

Cook and others would prefer the Governor focus more on other parts of his plan, including saving water.

”We think water conservation is the fastest and cheapest means to secure our water supplies and to extend our water supplies much more so than building reservoirs and transferring water from another river basin,” Coosa said.

Despite their critiques of Perdue’s plan, environmentalists have said they are optimistic they’ll play a role in the Governor’s approach to addressing Georgia’s water issues.