New project hopes to stop long standing disagreement

Changes to Georgia's water system could be the difference in a multi-state disagreement. / From file

Southwest Georgia will soon be testing whether a network of pumps can boost the flow of depleted streams and rivers. This is important because could the pumps save wildlife and ease long-running water conflicts with Alabama and Florida.

The Associated Press reports that Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal's administration has awarded $4.6 million to test whether the concept can protect drought-threatened wildlife and secure more water for Georgia without cutting into the supply available to neighboring Alabama and Florida.

Federal regulators counted more than 1,200 such wells, nationwide, serving communities in Las Vegas, Southern California, New Jersey and South Carolina.

Deal's administration says it hopes to have enough information at the end of the project to make a decision on whether to implement the system more widely. Deal adds that construction could begin as early as next month.

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