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.
The Army Corps of Engineers has raised the drought level on three lakes on the Georgia-South Carolina state line. The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that corps officials have reduced water discharges from the three reservoirs on the Savannah River.
As lawmakers wrap up a special session this week, one Senator is already thinking about the next legislative session in January, and the 'perfect storm' of issues facing Georgia, including dwindling water reserves, rising energy costs and aging infrastructure.
A private developer in northwest Georgia is shopping its reservoir project to communities. Local officials are greeting the proposal with caution.Georgia Reservoir Company wants to dam Calhoun Creek to create a lake in Lumpkin and Dawson counties that can provide up to 47 million gallons of water a day.
A top Georgia lawmaker says he has an idea for how the state can get more water for its needs. House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a trade with Tennessee. In his idea, Ralston says Tennessee would get better connections to Georgia’s transportation links. In return, Georgia would get access to water from the Tennessee River.
Moving water from one river basin to another could become a more common practice as the state looks for ways to meet its growing water needs. State regulators recently released guidelines for the inter-basin transfers.