Lawmakers want study of water system

BAINBRIDGE, Georgia – U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla) and Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez are seeking a National Academy of Sciences study of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin to help resolve the nearly three-decade battle between Florida, Alabama and Georgia over how the rivers and reservoirs are used and managed.

Greater Atlanta relies heavily on water in the north end of the system, including the Lake Lanier reservoir, while Florida is concerned about the ecological impact at its end of the system. The Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the amount of water flowing south into Florida while the region has been in a severe drought.

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Source: The Macon Telegraph (Associated Press)

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