Alabama Congressional Delegation Gets Involved in Water Fight

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The fight to keep water flowing from Georgia to Alabama is spreading to Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Governor Bob Riley sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers protesting the Corps plan to reduce water flow from Lake Allatoona by 50 percent. That water feeds Alabama rivers.

Wednesday, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said Alabama's federal lawmakers are applying pressure to the Corps to be fair.

He and other members of the state's Congressional delegation have been meeting with Army officials to plead their case to try and get the Corps to continue water releases from Lake Allatoona.

Sessions said Corps officials said they fear Atlanta will drain the lake if they let it go too low.

The Mobile Republican said Atlanta has been slow to apply water use restrictions while Alabama has suffered downstream.

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