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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2005
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Brook no raids on state's vast, precious water supply

Alabama's network of rivers will cease to be one of the state's most valuable assets if there isn't a plan that prevents raids on these water supplies.

The state and Florida are already in litigation with Georgia over streams in East Alabama, and Marshall County is fighting off an intra-state attempt to tap Lake Guntersville.

We in the Tennessee Valley viewed the long-running water war between Alabama and Georgia with amusement until Blount County decided it would like to take a daily drink from Lake Guntersville.

Allowing Blount County to get into the water wholesale business at the expense of the Tennessee River is unacceptable.

Tom Littlepage, who heads the state Water Management Office, said a plan on handling water access and usage is under way. Rep. Jeff McLaughlin, D-Guntersville, however, continues to sponsor legislation to prevent Blount County's access.

The Tennessee Valley Authority claims ownership of the lakes on the Tennessee and says anyone wanting to tap them must get its approval.

Having a state agency formulate a plan could have heavy political overtones. What Alabama and the seven-state TVA region need is an in-depth plan by non-political, expert hydrologists.

Courts and politicians, if left alone, can even screw up Mother Nature.

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