ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will soon test whether pumping underground water into regional rivers can boost flows to protect wildlife and possibly help resolve a tri-state water dispute.
Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has approved spending $4.6 million on a project testing whether excess water can be stored underground, then be pumped back into streams and rivers when needed during dry periods.
Backers of the plan say it could prevent the die-off of wildlife or even become part of a $1 billion fleet of wells providing more water to parched rivers. They say if Alabama and Florida could be guaranteed more water downstream, it may ease water conflicts between the states.
For years, Alabama and Florida have contended that metro Atlanta uses too much water, diminishing the water available for other users and hurting wildlife.
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