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WATER WARS II Lake Lanier’s Own Version of “WW II”

November 4th, 2014 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “WATER WARS II Lake Lanier’s Own Version of “WW II””

By: Clyde Morris, Attorney for the Lake Lanier Association

About a year ago, Florida asked for permission to file suit against Georgia in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the high court to equitably apportion the waters of the ACF in a way that would send more water to Florida.  Yesterday, the Court granted Florida leave to file its Complaint against Georgia and gave Georgia thirty days to file its Answer.

This case is about “equitable apportionment,” which at its most fundamental level is about how much of the ACF’s water each state is entitled to use by law.  To quote one excerpt from Florida’s Complaint:

50. The existing storage, evaporation, and consumption of water by Georgia’s municipal, industrial, recreational, and agricultural users have diminished the amount of water entering Florida in spring and summer of drought years by as much as 3,000-4,000 cubic feet per second (“cfs”). This has altered the flow regime of the Apalachicola River during the most vulnerable times for riverine and estuarine species. In recent drought years, Apalachicola River flows averaged less than 5,500 cfs throughout the entire late-spring-summer-fall period from May through December. Such long durations of extremely low flows were unprecedented before 2000.

So, the challenge is all about the amount of ACF flow to which Florida is entitled, which in turn is fundamental to the LLA’s mission of “Full Lake” (and spurred the LLA to dive into the Water Wars previously).  To quote a portion of Florida’s Prayer for Relief:

Florida further prays that the Court enter an order enjoining Georgia, its privies, assigns, lessees, and other persons claiming under it, from interfering with Florida’s rights, and capping Georgia’s overall depletive water uses at the level then existing on January 3, 1992.

In determining whether to cap “Georgia’s overall depletive water uses at the level then existing on January 3, 1992,” the Supreme Court will consider the uses to which the State of Georgia and the Corps of Engineers now put the waters of the ACF, as well as the uses for which Florida seeks to obtain more of that water.

The fact that there is an original jurisdiction, equitable apportionment case in the Supreme Court of the United States that could determine forever how much of the water in the ACF we may be able to keep and use is of august importance to everyone in Georgia, and especially to those who are concerned about Lake Lanier.  And while it is perhaps hard to imagine this beautiful lake, which supports millions of people, being drained to prop up a desirable but tenuous oyster farming operation in the Gulf of Mexico that has recently been the victim of Florida’s overharvesting as much as nature’s droughts, that is the proposition that has been laid before this nation’s highest court.

We will periodically update membership on the case via the LLA website and newsletter.  But for now, it is most important to recognize the critical importance of Florida’s legal action and the extensive repercussions that could result on Lake Lanier.

Water Control Manual Update Comments

March 6th, 2013 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Water Control Manual Update Comments”

Next time you wonder why you should financially support the LLA, read the Florida Water Control Manual Update comments letter and realize that they are urging the Corps to bring Lanier down to 1035′ during times of drought. You thought 1050′ was difficult, image 1035′! A significant part of our advocacy role is monitoring what other stakeholder groups are advocating for, determining what sort of impact that would have on Lanier, and then affecting change where we can. We are actively working on three different areas that impact lake levels:  more water, less consumption, better operating rules. It takes time, effort, and money to do that. If you are already a member, thank you for supporting our mission. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors so that they too can support advocating for Lanier and we can increase our membership size, voice, and influence.

In case you would like to read some of the Water Control Manual Update comments, they are posted on our website in the Library section.

Lake Lanier Association comments for Water Control Manual update

January 14th, 2013 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Lake Lanier Association comments for Water Control Manual update”

The Lake Lanier Association recently submitted comments for the Corps of Engineers Water Control Manual revision for the ACF System. A quick summary of our comments are as follows:

– The 5,000 cfs minimum flow required at the state line is not representative of the true lowest historical flows in the ACF and is not sustainable.

– Lanier was never designed to support ALL downstream demands and can’t be expected to because the dams originally proposed on the Flint River were never built.

– The Corps’ current operating rules require more water to be released from Lanier than is necessary and do not allow as much to be stored as is possible.  These draw the lake down more than necessary and make it less likely to refill to full pool under contemporary climatic conditions.

– The Endangered Species Act does not require the Corps to augment Apalachicola River flows above run-of-river levels and the practice should not be required because it depletes Lanier unnecessarily.

– Regular navigation is no longer feasible on the ACF and the Corps should not try to support it in view of the other demands on Lanier as a resource of last resort.

To see the full text of our comments, and the supporting document references, click the below links:

WCM Comments 01142013

A Long-Term Perspective on a Modern Drought in the American Southeast

Executive Summary – Lake Lanier Economic Impact Analysis Final Report

Lake Lanier group ramps up push for higher full pool level

February 2nd, 2011 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Lake Lanier group ramps up push for higher full pool level”

Raising maximum level 2 feet would add 26 billion gallons of water, advocates say. A Gainesville-based advocacy group isn’t backing off its push for a fuller Lake Lanier, an issue it first raised in 2007.

Homeowners group wants Lanier’s level higher

January 27th, 2011 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Homeowners group wants Lanier’s level higher”

A homeowners group is renewing its campaign to raise the level of Lake Lanier 2 feet so the lake can store another 26 billion gallons of water to quench the demand of a metro area that grows thirstier by the day.

1071 Coalition Report Released

January 3rd, 2011 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “1071 Coalition Report Released”

The report clearly documents the significant importance of Lake Lanier to the economy of the counties surrounding the lake as well as the entire Metro Atlanta Region. Equally important, it documents the economic impact of significant drawdowns to Lake Lanier as occurred during the drought of 2006 – 2008. In contrast to other economic impact studies, this report focuses on factors that have an annual impact and is based on solid data resulting from a yearlong research project. The Lake Lanier Association fully supports the findings of this report. It documents the importance of the lake to the region.

1071 Coalition to Announce Results of Economic Impact Study

December 7th, 2010 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “1071 Coalition to Announce Results of Economic Impact Study”

The 1071 Coalition of Lake Lanier will announce the results of its economic impact study at a public meeting on Tuesday, December 7. The meeting will be held at Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

2010 Political Forum Postponed

June 15th, 2010 Posted by Off the Water 0 comments on “2010 Political Forum Postponed”

The Lake Lanier Association has decided to postpone its Gubernatorial Political Forum originally scheduled for Monday, June 21 at 5:30 pm at Legacy Lodge, Lake Lanier Islands, Buford.

Lake Lanier Association and the other Georgia Parties filed their second brief in Phase 2 of Tri-States Litigation

February 17th, 2010 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Lake Lanier Association and the other Georgia Parties filed their second brief in Phase 2 of Tri-States Litigation”

Lake Lanier Association and the other Georgia Parties filed their second brief in Phase 2 of Tri-States Litigation

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