Ga., S.C. seek water sharing solutions at first summit | The Greenville News | greenvilleonline.com

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Ga., S.C. seek water sharing solutions at first summit | The Greenville News | greenvilleonline.com

Surrounded on three sides by Lake Hartwell, several hundred Savannah River Basin stakeholders gathered today in what was billed as a historic first water summit between officials from South Carolina and Georgia to solve ongoing water issues in the basin.

The two states hope to avoid court action as they mitigate how each state divides the water that flows down the Savannah River from Lake Hartwell to the ocean.

Gov. Nikki Haley and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal each addressed a gathering of legislators and basin officials and pledged to find solutions to future needs of both states along the river that acts as the border between Georgia and South Carolina.

“I think that as long as states are talking you stay out of court,” Haley said afterwards. “There are going to be disagreements from time to time but they usually happen when you don’t even sit in a room together.”

Haley said its important that the two states don’t stop negotiating now that they’re both at the table.

This is about as big of a congregation of two states that I think I’ve ever seen. I think it shows right now that we both have a willingness to get a lot of things done in our two states, that we don’t always have to go to court as our solution.”

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