It’s encouraging to know that Gov. Robert Bentley will meet personally with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to try and find an end to a 20-year legal battle over water rights in both states. It appears that Gov. Deal, who is new on the job, shares our Governor’s desire to reach an agreement on water. Gov. Bentley’s statement that he is anxious to jump-start talks has been well received in Georgia. While this problem will be a tough nut to crack, it should be settled if at all possible. It has been in court for a very long time and it doesn’t appear that a great deal of progress has been made.
Gov. Bentley has said that if Georgia continues taking water from the federal reservoirs — and takes more from new reservoirs — it will worsen conditions for downstream communities. He is absolutely correct on that point. Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been in a legal battle over the region’s water rights for the past two decades and that’s sort of hard to understand or to justify. It’s time for this matter to be resolved. In any event, it’s good that Gov. Bentley sees the need for immediate action on this very important issue that affects our state. His responsibility is to work this out, but at the same time protect Alabama’s interest.
Source: Associated Press
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