Corps gets go-ahead to store more water for Atlanta

06/3/2008 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has sided with the Army Corps of Engineers, ruling that plans to hold more water in Georgia's Lake Lanier and other reservoirs will not jeopardize the survival of mussels and sturgeon downstream. Under the new plan, the Corps will hold 50% of the reservoirs' inflow to help relieve the drought-plagued Atlanta area, versus just 30% earlier. Critics of the plan include Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who insisted that a "continued reduction in flows to the Apalachicola River over the next five years places the economic and environmental future of an entire region at risk."

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