Georgia's state government is considering investing in a reservoir that could send water downstream during dry spells into a lake at the center of a three-state dispute. Gov. Nathan Deal's administration is weighing a request from Hall County to invest $14.6 million in the Glades Reservoir.
The national conservation group “American Rivers” named Georgia’s Chattahoochee River as one of “America’s Most Endangered” Tuesday. One of the reasons is a proposed reservoir in Hall County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now considering public comments about that project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking Georgians and other stakeholders for comment on a controversial north Georgia reservoir. Hall County wants to build the Glades reservoir just north of Lake Lanier to boost north Georgia’s water supply.
Gov. Nathan Deal's administration is hosting three workshops for local officials seeking state funding for water supply projects. The Republican governor has proposed spending $300 million over four years to pay for projects such as reservoirs that increase Georgia's water supply.
Authorities say Lake Lanier's water level has dropped below 1,064, setting into motion a new management schedule by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Times of Gainesville reports the corps will release the reservoir's stored water to maintain required flows downstream in the Chattahoochee and the Apalachicola rivers.
A bill in the state Senate would make it easier for private companies to invest money in river infrastructure. State Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) is sponsoring the measure because he says local officials need flexibility in getting financing for reservoirs. He says the bill is aimed at new water infrastructure and not the Savannah harbor deepening project, for which state officials are urgently seeking funds.
Lake Lanier is about two feet below full winter pool. But the water level in the massive federal reservoir is still above normal for this time of year. At 1,068 feet, Lake Lanier, which provides water for millions of metro Atlantans, is four feet higher than it usually is for early December.