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Monday, March 7, 2011 - 3:15am

Water War Hearing Ahead This Week

An appeals court this week will hear arguments in the tri-state water dispute between Georgia and its neighbors Alabama and Florida.

On Wednesday, Georgia lawyers will ask the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling from a U.S. District Court judge that would severely restrict Atlanta's ability to take water from Lake Lanier.

That ruling is set to take effect next July unless the three states negotiate a settlement to end the water rights dispute.

Georgia governor Nathan Deal has said he doesn't expect the appeals court to reverse the judge's decision.

Instead, Deal said he wants to conserve water, build reservoirs and keep negotiating with
neighboring governors.