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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New water plan floats no one's boat

Published June 17, 2008
“I hold the Army Corps in great respect, but they're just in a no-win situation,” said Sherk, who used to represent the city of LaGrange on water issues and now teaches water law and policy at the Colorado School of Mines.

Asked about the criticism, Army Corps spokeswoman Lisa Coghlan said the plan was designed to address several factors, including “incorporating a drought contingency plan that allows for additional storage conservation and system recovery during periods of extreme drought” while “still providing support for listed species and their critical habitat in the Apalachicola River.”

Lake Lanier sits at the top of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin. Water collected at Lake Lanier is released at Buford Dam and flows downstream through metro Atlanta, by the cities of LaGrange and Columbus, into Florida and empties into the Apalachichola Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, the water passes through a number of Army Corps-administered dams and lakes, including West Point Lake, Walter F. George Lake and Lake Seminole.

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