The Georgia-Florida-Alabama water war has been going on for 18 years–and it looked like the three states might have a meeting of the minds at one point recently.  Especially considering this year’s record-setting drought.  But negotiations failed to resolve the battle over water rights in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basins. 

Georgia wants to hold more water in Lake Lanier to serve their burgeoning population. But Florida and Alabama claim that doing so causes downstream environmental damage and hurts commercial fishing, industry, and power plants.

Georgia’s Governor, Sony Perdue, says his state’s problems are more critical.  Florida and Alabama disagree. 

Bottom line for now–the Army Corps of Engineers and other feds will forcing their own water sharing plan on the region, according to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.  Water Webster has posted Kempthorne’s letter to the governors.

Wouldn’t it have been better for the states to come to an agreement so they could be in charge of their own water program?