September 30, 2002
Baker County-- Georgia, Alabama and Florida's on-going talks on how to best share depleting water supplies are on hold for now. The Tri-State water talks are scheduled to start back early next year, and the outcome could deeply effect Southwest Georgia's economy. Tomorrow night, WALB is bringing the state's top negotiators together for a one hour open forum.
Water is the lifeblood for Southwest Georgia, feeding agriculture and business. And, this invaluable commodity is on the bargaining table. Hydrologist Woody Hicks says, "There's probably folks that don't understand why we are having negotiations with other states since all the water being negotiated originates here in Georgia."
Hicks will be one of six experts trying to answer that question at Tuesday night's televised forum. Florida, Alabama and Georgia water leaders are working to devise an agreement on how to share bountiful supplies from the Chattahoochee, Appalachicola and Flint River basin.
Hicks says, "I myself have always thought the upstream user has first right to water but we have to share with our neighbors first." Just how to share is still unsolved. But, the answer will hopefully be found when the water talks start back up in early 2003.
The one hour live show will begin Tuesday night at 7:00. The phone lines will be open so you can call in with any questions.
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