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Water Woes - A State-by-State Perspective

The 19-year court battle among Florida, Georgia and Alabama over the river system they share has flared up again. Last month, a federal judge gave Georgia three years to get Congressional approval or lose Atlanta’s main water source, Lake Lanier. But Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue vows to fight the ruling, and for those at the other end of the river system, the judge’s deadline may come too late.

Florida Public Radio's Margie Menzel reports.

Photo courtesy Linda Raffield.


This week, public radio networks in Alabama, Georgia and Florida are teaming up to investigate a long-running water sharing dispute between their states over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Yesterday, we met a Florida oysterman who wants to protect
the future of Apalachicola Bay. A little ways upstream, the state of Alabama is also looking to the future and hopes the basin can fulfill one of its original intended functions as a commercial shipping channel.

Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports.

Photo courtesy Brett Tannehill.


All this week, we’ve been examining the tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Today we turn to Georgia. The state has three years to get Congressional approval to use Lake Lanier as a drinking water source for metro Atlanta. Recently, some politicians and environmentalists have suggested metro Atlanta turn to sources other than the Chattahoochee River for water.

But as Georgia Public Broadcasting's John Sepulvado reports, there are four reasons why Lake Lanier is the only answer for metro Atlanta’s water woes.

Photo courtesy Mike Gonzalez.


All this week, we’ve been examining the tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. We’re going to end our series of features with a warning. It comes from the tiny town of Orme, Tennessee, just across from the northeastern Alabama border. The town ran out of water about two years ago.

And as Georgia Public Broadcasting's John Sepulvado reports, the residents say it’s a sign of bigger water problems for the Southeast.

Photo courtesy Jimmy Emerson.