Wed., January 6, 2010 8:14am (EST)

States Want Confidential Water Talks
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia's Sonny Perdue met with fellow governors on water last month in Alabama. (photo-John Sepulvado)
Georgia's Sonny Perdue met with fellow governors on water last month in Alabama. (photo-John Sepulvado)
Officials with Georgia, Florida and Alabama are asking a judge to keep their negotiations in the long-running legal fight over water rights confidential.

A motion filed this week says the states have already begun “confidential negotiations”, and want a court backing to ensure discussions stay that way.

It’s also been announced at least five more meetings have been set to continue water talks, following a governors meeting last month.

Last year, a federal judge ruled Georgia has few legal rights to use Lake Lanier for metro Atlanta drinking water needs.

The state has three years to reach a deal with neighbor states.