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Friday, May 02, 2008

Florida to feds: Don’t limit flows from Lanier

Published May 1, 2008
Calling the impact "potentially disastrous," Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Sole criticized the plan that would help Georgia keep more drinking water during dry times in reservoirs such as Lake Lanier.

The letter, addressed to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers, outlined the effects of the plan on Florida’s ecosystem and the oyster industry that’s a large part of the economy in the area where the Apalachicola River empties into the bay.

In times of extreme drought, the plan would continue a temporary provision announced last fall allowing river flows to dip below the current minimum of 5,000 cubic feet per second at the Jim Woodruff Dam, near the Florida border. Under particularly wet conditions, it also allows for reservoirs such as Lake Lanier to keep up to 50 percent of their inflow instead of the current maximum of 30 percent.

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