State officials have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the amount of water it releases from Lake Lanier, which provides much of the water used in metro Atlanta. They want lower release levels through March 2012.
Scientists are investigating how drought kills crabs and marshes on Georgia's coast. Much of the state remains in drought despite recent rains. That puts pressure on rivers and eventually Georgia's broad estuaries. A researcher says, crab diseases seem to flare up when drought chokes off freshwater river flows.
Georgia’s last drought shut down half of the state’s nurseries and garden centers by some estimates. The current hot, dry weather brought spring sales to a sudden end for many nurseries this year. But since no new water-use restrictions have been implemented, growers and garden centers are doing OK.
Businesses relying on South Georgia rivers are worried about the ongoing drought. Tourism is drying up along with the water running at historic low levels on the Satilla, Suwanee and St. Marys Rivers. One outfitters says, business is better near the coast, where tides boost water levels.