One of Georgia's negotiators in a tri-state water dispute is president of a lobbying firm that has sought to develop a technology touted as a partial solution to that feud. A top state official and others say the situation could look like a conflict even though it is legal.
Gov. Nathan Deal's administration is hosting three workshops for local officials seeking state funding for water supply projects. The Republican governor has proposed spending $300 million over four years to pay for projects such as reservoirs that increase Georgia's water supply.
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.
Georgia's next governor will have to pick up where Sonny Perdue leaves off in water war negotiations. But according to a poll, voters aren't much considering water resources in their decisions in the upcoming gubernatorial election. The poll says, just 1% of Georgia voters are considering water issues as a voting priority for November.