Ga. Governor questions Fla. argument in water wars

MIAMI - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue looks at his state's pristine coastline and then at the development Florida allows on its shores and said he wonders how Florida officials can preach about the environment.

Talking about the long war about sharing water that flows down from Georgia, Perdue on Wednesday questioned some of Florida's arguments as it tries to get more water to cross its border.

In Georgia, 'you have a ... pristine undeveloped coastline with marshes there that people love to look out on,' he said. 'And then I come to Florida and I see the developed coastline all the way around from Jacksonville all the way up to Tallahassee, I really wonder how we can be preached at as Georgians over environmentalism and water.'

The Atlanta area's main water supply is Lake Lanier, which also provides flow into the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.