Recent Rains Help Reduce Flow of Water from Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An official of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says recent rains have made it possible to reduce the flow of water out of Lake Lanier.

Jonathan Davis told more than 100 people at a drought management forum in Gainesville, Georgia, last night that rain that fell in areas south of the lake will allow the Corps to reduce releases from the lake.

The National Weather Service says the city of Columbus in west Georgia received more than 2.5 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday.

That rainfall did not affect Lake Lanier's level, but it added to the amount of water flowing through the lower Chattahoochee and Flint rivers.

Davis says it also supplemented the amount of water that must flow through the Apalachicola River to protect endangered mussels and sturgeon in Florida.

Davis says the Corps has been able to reduce releases from Lake Lanier in half to about 1,200 cubic feet per second.

He says more reductions could be made if the state receives more rain.

The lake is one of the main issues in a tri-state water fight involving Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

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

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