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Charlie and the Water Wars

Gov. Charlie Crist goes to Washington Thursday to tackle, among other things, the tri-state water dispute commonly known as the Southeastern Water Wars. A record drought has Atlanta's suburbs drying up, Alabama's drinking water supply and power grid threatened, and Florida's fragile ecosystem of Apalachicola Bay at risk of degradation if the flow of water from theChattahoochee River gets any lower.

The Department of Interior has tried to sound the warning for the Western United States but it has yet to devote the same attention to the disappearing waters of the Southeast. On Thursday, DOI Secretary Dick Kempthorne will bring together Crist, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. The governors of these states have met before -- as far back as former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and most recently with former Gov. Jeb Bush. Yet the fighting continues. Stay tuned.