Feds to re­duce flow from Lake Lanier

Plan un­veiled to keep more wa­ter in-state

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Greg Blestein

AT­LANTA — The Army Corps of En­gi­neers rolled out a plan Fri­day that al­lows Ge­or­gia to keep more of the wa­ter in north Ge­or­gia’s Lake Lanier, a fo­cal point in the tug-of-war over wa­ter in­volv­ing Alabama and Florida.

The Corps im­me­di­ately re­duced the flow of wa­ter from Lanier to Florida by about 5 per­cent fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice that fed­er­ally pro­tected mus­sels can live with less of the wa­ter from the lake.

Un­der the new plan, which is in place through June, the Corps can even­tu­ally re­duce the flows from Lanier by as much as 17 per­cent, de­pend­ing on lake lev­els.

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