Feds to reduce flow from Lake Lanier
Plan unveiled to keep more water in-state
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.