Bredesen Opposes Sending More Water to Georgia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Governor Bredesen says he doesn't want to see more water being diverted out of Tennessee to relieve drought conditions in Atlanta.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin recently suggested exploring ways to pipe in water from other areas, including from the Tennessee or Savannah rivers, although Georgia officials said they have no plans to pursue such a plan.

Bredesen said today the state needs to be careful in managing its water.

He said he'd have a real problem with a wholesale transfer of water out of the Tennessee watershed.

Bredesen said he has no objections to the amounts of water currently sent outside the state under Tennessee's Interbasin Water Transfer Act. The law allows state regulators to control diversions between watersheds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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