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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Too much Lanier water was released, Corps says

Published 04/16/08
District planning and environmental division chief Curtis M. Flakes said the corps learned two lessons during the ongoing, record-breaking drought:

First, the corps needs a drought contingency plan for operating its Chattahoochee dams;

Secondly, more water should be held in the reservoirs when they are low.

"The prolonged exceptional drought conditions experienced in the [Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint] basin throughout the spring and summer of 2007 resulted in impacts to the basin and composite storage within the basin that were unanticipated by the previous [operations plan] analysis," Flakes said in the letter.

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