“This river system does many things…supplies drinking water, hydropower, takes away our treated waste water. You’ve got wildlife and endangered species issues, industrial issues. The trick is to figure out how to share this liquid lifeline that is so critical from north Georgia all the way to Florida.”
“That trick has to be figured out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When Congress authorized construction of Lake Lanier in 1946, it charged the Corps with managing the water. Everything the Corps does at the lake impacts the hundreds of miles of river downstream.
But the Corps’ water control manuals haven’t been updated in nearly a quarter century. Spokesman Pat Robins says a lot has changed since they were written in 1989:
“There’s a lot of migration shifts and population booms and things that are not there today that were there back then. “
The metro Atlanta area population has grown from nearly 3 million in 1990 to nearly 5 and a half million in 2009.
The Corps has updated water management technology to improve water quality. But Lake Lanier Operations Project Manager Tim Rainey says changing regulations have been an added consideration:”
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