Georgia lawmakers have hatched yet another plan to resolve a 195-year border dispute with Tennessee. The idea, which the state House approved Tuesday, would also fix the state's water supply problem, and would involve giving up most of the land in dispute in exchange for access to the Tennessee River.
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.
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.
Georgia’s ongoing water tussle with Alabama is in the hands of a federal judge. The states have filed their updates on negotiations over Lake Allatoona, northwest of Atlanta. It’s a lesser-known lawsuit that’s been overshadowed by the dispute over Lake Lanier.
A federal appeals panel has tossed a lower court ruling that would have severely restricted the main water source for roughly three million people in metro Atlanta. The ruling Tuesday by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an order from U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson. His order would have starkly cut Atlanta's ability to take water from Lake Lanier starting in July 2012 unless the governors of Georgia, Alabama and Florida can reach an agreement ending the long-running water dispute.