Severe drought is gripping Georgia, Alabama and Florida, and the states' governors, who meet Thursday in Washington, have been engaged in a rhetorical battle over how much water the Army Corps of Engineers should be releasing downstream from reservoirs in northern Georgia.
That output sustains endangered species of mussels and sturgeon, as well as power plants in Alabama and Florida. Competing for the same resources is Georgia's growing Atlanta metropolitan region, which has virtually banned outdoor watering to conserve drinking water.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, mediator of Thursdays' governors' meeting, says he will try to act as a broker and encourage the governors to air their differences and work toward an agreement similar to those enacted in the West.
Kempthorne talks with Melissa Block.