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ATLANTA -- Details about the recent water agreement between
Georgia and Alabama have been released online.
The river agreement -- which may not be final for a year --
outlines how much water Georgia can draw from the Coosa and
Tallapoosa rivers, which flow through northwest Georgia to Alabama.
The governors of Georgia and Alabama reached the agreement several
weeks ago. For years, Alabama has been trying to negotiate rules to
make sure Atlanta's surging suburbs don't suck dry the rivers Alabama
depends on for drinking water.
The proposed 30-year agreement sets storage requirements for Lake
Allatoona and Carters Lake in northeast Georgia and minimum flow
rates from those lakes and the Coosa River near Rome, Ga. It also
limits the amount of water that can be transferred to other river
Once finalized, the agreement would end 13 years of negotiations
between the two states on the equitable distribution of water in the
Georgia is still in talks with Alabama and Florida to divvy up
water from a separate basin, the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint
River Basin. Both Florida and Alabama complain that Georgia is
hogging the river water, endangering farms and fisheries downstream.
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