WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study says global warming and population
growth threaten the Southeast's already precarious water supplies
by fueling more extreme drought and degrading water quality.
The report's summary says the changes will probably put an end
to the region's traditionally inexpensive access to water.
The study was commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund and
conducted by scientists at the U.S. Forest Service. It looked at
four major river basins that run through Alabama, the Carolinas,
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The river systems are among the most biologically diverse in
North America, with hundreds of unique marine species at risk.