Exposed lake bed and beached boat docks are shown at Lake Lanier in Cumming, Ga., Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. (AP)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision Friday means that Atlanta's main water supply could get a one-foot boost.
The government said sending less water downstream was determined
not to have any "long-term significant environmental or human impacts."
The north Georgia reservoir is poised to drop to record low levels in January if metro Atlanta's drought continues to tighten its grip. The lake is now more than 18 feet below full pool.