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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Water negotiator 'guardedly' upbeat about deal

Published August 21, 2009 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Power President Michael Garrett, chosen by Gov. Sonny Perdue to end the Southeastern water war, said Thursday he’s “guardedly optimistic” that a water-sharing deal between Georgia and Alabama can be reached by year’s end despite nearly two decades of fruitless efforts.

Garrett, who worked for Alabama Power for more than a decade, has reviewed water war negotiations between Alabama and Georgia that almost came to fruition in 2003 and 2007. Two sticking points then and now: water flows at the Georgia-Alabama line; and lake levels, during drought and non-drought times, at the seven reservoirs Alabama Power owns along the Tallapoosa River.

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