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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Southern states to speed up water deal

Published December 17, 2007
Prompted by an 18-year water war that pits Florida environmentalists and oystermen against Atlanta urbanites, governors from three southeastern U.S. states agreed on Monday to moved up their timetable for reaching a water-sharing agreement.

The governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama met for several hours behind closed doors with U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and agreed to submit a water-sharing plan to federal overseers by February 15, rather than by June 1 as previously planned. The deal would take effect on March 15.

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