Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Georgia to Sue Army Corps of Engineers Over Water

Georgia (TGW) – The state of Georgia, still suffering from severe drought, confirmed this week that it will sue the Army Corps of Engineers.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday that the state would like to see the Corps stop using Lake Lanier, at least temporarily, as the primary source of water for Atlanta.

Rainfall in the region is about 15 inches below average.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said, "This is dire, severe, extreme drought."

Outdoor watering is banned in Atlanta and surrounding counties.

"We shouldn't have to fight this out in court," Franklin said Thursday. "We don't want to hurt [the cities and businesses] downstream but we'd like to see some middle ground and hope people would join with us."

Via :: CNN