Alabama Wants to Divert Water From Two Georgia Lakes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama wants to draw more water from two northern Georgia lakes because of falling water levels on the Tallapoosa River and Lake Martin.

State and Alabama Power Company officials have asked the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to divert water from Allatoona and Carters lakes to the Coosa River, allowing the utility to reduce the amount of water released from its reservoirs by 10 percent each week.

A utility executive said releasing more water from the Georgia lakes into the Coosa would allow the utility to release less water from Lake Martin. Wednesday, Lake Martin was 4.8 feet below full pool, which is 490 feet.

Alabama Power also will lower the levels of Lay Lake and Lake Mitchell by one foot beginning on Monday to offset low water levels at Weiss Lake, Neely Henry Lake and Logan Martin Lake.

Those levels are at record lows for this time of the year because of a worsening drought statewide.

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