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Woodall: Move forward with water negotiations

Camie Young

Camie Young

A Gwinnett congressman was overjoyed to hear the news that a federal appeals court won't hear arguments that a deadline should be reimposed for Atlanta to find a new drinking water supply.

The decision may send the decades-long water wars over Lake Lanier to the Supreme Court.

"Millions of Georgia residents rely on Lake Lanier for their water needs, and there has never been a doubt in my mind that Buford Dam was created to supply drinking water to Georgia residents. That said, for more than 20 years we have been locked in a battle over the intended use of Lake Lanier," U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said. "It is high time that we move forward and last week's federal appeals court ruling will help us to do just that.

"While the ruling is indeed a win for Georgia residents and businesses, it is imperative that we remain committed to establishing a long-term agreement with our neighbors in Florida and Alabama that will ensure Georgia retains an adequate and reliable allocation of water to meet its needs over the next 50 years. I look forward to the continuing negotiations between the governors, and I remain hopeful we will soon come to a resolution that is fair and takes into account the critical nature of this necessary human resource."

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