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March 7, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Georgia Governor Drops Water Challenge
(2007-11-07)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has dropped legal action to try to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce water withdrawals from Lake Lanier.

The governor said Tuesday that Georgia could renew its legal fight if interstate cooperation again fails in its water battle with Florida and Alabama.

Perdue said the recent intervention by the Bush administration limiting how much water can be released from Lanier has made him optimistic the issue can be resolved outside of the courtroom.

The motion for a temporary injunction was filed October 19th in the Middle District of Georgia. A hearing had been scheduled for later this month.

Perdue has criticized the federal government for continuing what he calls excessive water releases from reservoirs such as Lanier, Atlanta's main water supply.

But neighboring states and environmentalists say Georgia's failure to plan for its growth has contributed to the problem.

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