ATLANTA (AP) -- Once again, Georgia lawmakers are debating whether they can pipe water from the Tennessee River to fix a water shortage in metro Atlanta.
Republican Rep. Jay Neal wants the General Assembly to pass a resolution asking environmental regulators and others to study the feasibility of capturing water that flows into the Tennessee River and diverting it south toward Atlanta. Neal says conservation alone won't answer Georgia's water needs.
Environmental watchdog groups say it would be cheaper and more effective to conserve water rather than building expensive pipelines.
Senior Republican leaders have floated tit-for-tat trades with Tennessee authorities so they can get water from the river shed. Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said nothing has changed to make his state interested in parting with its water.
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