Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said this afternoon that Georgia officials should get serious about conservation, building new reservoirs and other solutions instead of trying to shift the state line of hopes of getting water from the Tennessee River.
Mr. Littlefield said Georgia state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, and other Peach State lawmakers — who want a border commission to study moving the line roughly a mile to the north to tap into the water source — should take other approaches to tackling water woes in the midst of a drought.
“Under the best of circumstances it would take decades, decades for (Sen. Shafer) to achieve what he’s proposed to do, even if he got green lights along the way,” Mr. Littlefield told the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club this afternoon. “In those same decades with less money, they could go a long way toward solving their problem.”
Mr. Littlefield’s speech came five days after one of his aides and City Councilman Manny Rico delivered about 2,000 bottles of water to the state Capitol as part of “Give our Georgia Friends a Drink Day.” The mayor issued a proclamation to coincide with the Atlanta trip, which he pointedly called a “stunt” today.
Georgia lawmakers assert that the state line improperly was drawn, and they have passed resolutions in each chamber for a border commission to look at the issue.
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