Fri., February 17, 2012 8:00am (EST)

Ga. Again Debates Tapping Tenn. Water
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Senior Republican leaders have floated tit-for-tat trades with Tennessee authorities so they can get water from the Tennessee River watershed. Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said nothing has changed to make his state interested in parting with its water. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianhendrix/4963140527/>Brian Hendrix via Flickr</a>.)
Senior Republican leaders have floated tit-for-tat trades with Tennessee authorities so they can get water from the Tennessee River watershed. Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said nothing has changed to make his state interested in parting with its water. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Hendrix via Flickr.)
Once again, Georgia lawmakers are debating whether they can pipe water from the Tennessee River to fix a water shortage in metro Atlanta.

Republican Rep. Jay Neal wants the General Assembly to pass a law making it legal to take water from the Tennessee River watershed and diverting it south toward Atlanta. Neal said conservation alone won't answer Georgia's water needs.

Environmental watchdog groups said it would be cheaper and more effective to conserve water rather than building expensive pipelines.

Senior Republican leaders have floated tit-for-tat trades with Tennessee authorities so they can get water from the river shed.

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said nothing has changed to make his state interested in parting with its water.