Ala. to take water feud to Supreme Court for review

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says his state will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a water feud with Georgia.

His decision Monday came after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused a request from Alabama and Florida to reconsider a ruling favorable to Georgia in a fight over water rights.

"Allowing Atlanta to tap water from Lake Lanier significantly limits the flow of water downstream to Alabama," Bentley said.

The full appeals court decided Friday that it won't reconsider a decision from an appeals panel that found metro Atlanta has the right to withdraw water from Lake Lanier, a reservoir northeast of the city that serves 3 million people. Florida officials say they are still considering their options.

Georgia supports the appeals panel ruling since it tossed aside a lower court's order that would have restricted Atlanta's water supply. Neighboring states say Atlanta uses too much water.

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