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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:09pm

Group Says It Has Plan To End 'Water Wars'

A private group says they've reached an agreement to end the decades–old water war between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. At issue is who has rights to the water in Lake Lanier.

ACF Stakeholders calls itself a grassroots organization dedicated to finding a solution to the long–running dispute. Members include everyone from local governments in Metro Atlanta to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

The Gainesville Times reports the group's governing board unanimously approved the plan Wednesday.

It won't be made public until June 12, but the stakeholders released a few key details. The plan calls for levels to be raised at Lake Lanier and West Point Lake in LaGrange. State and local officials would also have to come up with a comprehensive drought management plan for the entire river basin—stretching from northeast Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.

The dispute has dragged on in federal court for years. Governor Nathan Deal has met privately Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to come up with a agreement over water rights. He's also sought a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. His state has sued to cap Georgia's use of water in Lake Lanier.