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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

With Lake Lanier full, the challenge now is to keep it there

Published October 14, 2009 - Gainesville Times (GA)
Lake Lanier reached — and surpassed — its full pool elevation of 1,071 feet above sea level Wednesday, drowning out any doubt that the recent historic drought has ended.
In July, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that water withdrawal was not a congressionally authorized use of Lake Lanier. The ruling gives Georgia three years to stop using the reservoir for water consumption, negotiate another deal with Florida and Alabama or have Congress reauthorize the lake’s use.
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