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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Georgia aims to defend drought plan against Florida's attacks

Published May 6, 2008
The director of the state Environmental Protection Division said Tuesday that the state is readying a response to Florida’s allegations that Georgia is using more than its fair share of water from the Chattahoochee River.

Michael Sole, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, sent a letter last week to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers condemning a proposal that would limit flows to the Apalachicola River, which begins at the Florida/Georgia border.

Sole criticized the plan that would help Georgia keep more drinking water during dry times in reservoirs such as Lake Lanier, calling the impact "potentially disastrous."

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