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Last updated 7:56PM ET
March 6, 2021
Commission Wants Statewide Water Usage Plan
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Commissioners on a water resources panel say they're confident in Governor Bob Riley's performance in the long-running water wars, but want him to do more.

The Alabama Water Resources Commission is calling on Riley to use the situation as a springboard for creating a statewide water usage plan.

Alabama has been locked in the water wrangling since 1990, when Florida and Alabama sued Georgia for allegedly trying to take too much water from the Chattahoochee River.

The current drought being experienced throughout much of the South has intensified both the water fight and the need for Alabama officials to know how much water the state has.

They also need a plan on what to do if the water supply dries up.

Critics say responsibility for coming up with the plan has been ferrying back-and-forth between the governor and the water commission in the past and someone needs to step up.

The commission also passed a resolution about the need for a statewide dam safety program.

Alabama is the only state that doesn't inspect or regulate its dams.

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