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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Riley pleased with water talks

Published 12/19/2007
Riley said the agreement will cover the two river basins shared by the three states, and he believes it will include raising the winter level of Alabama reservoirs by 3 to 4 feet. "That's almost like building another reservoir," Riley said.

Riley said the staffs of the three governors will go to Washington after the first of the year to work with federal agencies on developing a water sharing plan. The governors intend to agree to a plan by Feb. 15. Then, he said, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have 30 days to review it instead of the normal 130 days.

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