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Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 12:27pm

State Appeals Water Ruling to Federal Panel

Georgia has asked a federal appeals panel to overturn a federal judge's ruling that could leave metro Atlanta
with a drastically reduced water supply.

Georgia attorneys filed the appeal Thursday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. It contends the July decision by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson "will be devastating to three million residents who have no meaningful alternative source of water."

Magnuson's ruling concluded Georgia had little legal right to the drinking water from Lake Lanier, the massive federal reservoir that supplies most of the city's residents.

It gave Georgia, Alabama and Florida - states that have fought over water rights since the 1990s - three years to reach an agreement.