Mon., August 8, 2011 6:26am (EDT)

Water War In Court Friday
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Both states fighting over water rights in the Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers must give U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre a summary Friday of any significant progress in their negotiations to resolve the dispute. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/elvissa/171687302/>Tricia Banks via Flickr</a>.)
Both states fighting over water rights in the Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers must give U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre a summary Friday of any significant progress in their negotiations to resolve the dispute. (Photo Courtesy of Tricia Banks via Flickr.)
Lawyers will update a federal judge on the status of negotiations in a water dispute between Alabama and Georgia.

Both states fighting over water rights in the Alabama, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers must give U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre a summary Friday of any significant progress in their negotiations to resolve the dispute.

In June, lawyers for Alabama said the state wanted to proceed with a lawsuit challenging Georgia's use of water in a watershed affecting both states. Georgia wanted the judge to continue her court-ordered pause in the proceedings so both sides could keep talking.

Alabama filed a lawsuit in 1990 arguing that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has improperly allowed Georgia to take too much water from the rivers and said it harmed Alabama communities downstream.