Georgia Officials Await Word from Corps of Enginners over Lanier Water

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are awaiting word from the Army Corps of Engineers over whether the agency will reduce the amount of water it releases from Lake Lanier.

Governor Perdue gave federal officials until the end of the business day to slow the releases from Atlanta's water supply or face a lawsuit from the state.

The Corps is unlikely to agree with Perdue's demands.

When he threatened the suit last week, officials indicated that they intended to release even more water from Lanier's Buford Dam to supply the needs of Alabama and Florida downstream the Chattahoochee River.

Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been fighting for nearly two decades over water rights from two river basins.

The other states say metro Atlanta's booming growth is draining so much water that it threatens not only endangered species but also industries in Alabama and the Appalachicola Bay oyster industry in Florida.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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