Authorities say Lake Lanier is now at its lowest level since March 2009 after dropping two feet in two weeks. Officials say the lake is at 1,058 feet above sea level, or 13 feet below what is considered full for this time of year.
Lake Lanier isn't as high as it was this time last year, but it is steadily rising as tourists begin returning for its busy spring and summer seasons. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Lanier has rebounded to 1,065.51 feet above sea level, and is expected to climb to 1,066.80 feet by April 21.
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.