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Water Wars Negotiations

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama are putting new pressure on their governors to start negotiations on resolving a court ruling that could rob Atlanta of its primary water source.
      Signaling frustration that talks have not begun, lawmakers from the three states emerged from a meeting Wednesday saying the governors must understand the situation is urgent.
      A federal judge ruled in July that the Atlanta region was illegally tapping Lake Lanier. He said Georgia would lose access in three years if it can't push a settlement through Congress authorizing the use.
      All parties agree that the governors - who have fought over water for years - are best equipped to negotiate. But the feuding governors have not yet set an initial meeting.
     
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