Ga. sets appeal of water ruling in motion

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials have filed a formal notice indicating they will appeal a federal ruling that could restrict Atlanta from its main water supply.

The state filed the notice to appeal this week in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The development is no surprise as Gov. Sonny Perdue has repeatedly said the state will appeal the ruling. Perdue has said a formal appeal could come by the end of the year. The judge's July ruling set a three-year deadline for Congress to approve a deal over water rights involving Lake Lanier, the massive federal reservoir that supplies more than 3 million metro Atlanta residents. It was the latest wrinkle in a long-running three-state battle over federal water rights between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

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