Ala. Leaders Pleased with Corps of Engineer Warning About Lake

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) - Several Alabama officials are applauding the Army Corps of Engineers after the agency warned a suburban Atlanta
water provider that it could be drawing too much water out of a federal reservoir.

The Corps suggests that the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority has pumped too much water from Lake Allatoona, one of several Georgia reservoirs at the heart of a three-state water fight.

Republican Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions said they were "very pleased" to learn of the government's analysis.

Governor Bob Riley echoed their sentiment, saying his state "could not be any more pleased with the results we've gotten from Thursday's meeting in Washington."

Allatoona, which feeds into the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin, is particularly important to Alabama. Alabama takes much of its drinking and industrial water from the basin, which rises in northwest Georgia and flows to Mobile Bay.

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