Fla. against plan to hold more water in Georgia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida officials told the federal government Wednesday they strongly oppose a plan to store more water in Georgia while limiting flows into Apalachicola Bay, saying it will harm oysters, sturgeon and federally protected mussels.

Calling the impact 'potentially disastrous,' state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Sole criticized the plan that would help Georgia keep more drinking water during dry times in reservoirs like Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta.

The new plan comes after settlement negotiations among the governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama broke down in February, prompting Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to say the federal government would impose its own solution.