Water Wars

There was no Florida representative at the meeting Monday, so the governors of Alabama and Georgia decided to work out a water sharing agreement together.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley say they will work on a water agreement on the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin separately from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin that involves Florida.

The decade-long water sharing dispute in the two river basins has been in mediation since May before a former federal judge.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had indicated he couldn't make the meeting because of a scheduling conflict, but Perdue says he was disappointed that Bush didn't send someone else.

Florida is concerned that water held in Georgia's Lake Lanier might deprive endangered fish and mussels in the Appalachicola Bay.

Lanier supplies metro Atlanta with drinking water.