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March 1, 2021
Corps Will Make Water Decision Next Month
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Federal officials say they will decide next month whether to further reduce water released into Florida from north Georgia's Lake Lanier and other reservoirs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages regional water resources, said yesterday at a court hearing in Jacksonville, Florida, it will announce by December 7th whether to cut water flows by another 5 percent.

The Corps has already agreed to reduce the flow of water from Lanier - Atlanta's main water source - by about 5 percent to 3.1 billion gallons. The cuts began on Friday.

Lake Lanier has become a focal point in a three-state water fight that has been intensified by a historic drought.

Drought-stricken Georgia has complained the federal government sent millions of gallons of water downstream even as Lanier has fallen to record lows. But Florida and Alabama have balked at Georgia's effort to keep more water, arguing that its demands were unreasonable.

The fast-growing Atlanta region relies on the lake for drinking water. But power plants in Florida and Alabama depend on healthy river flows, as do farms, commercial fisheries, industrial users and municipalities.

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