Georgia's good news was heard up in Washington, where U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall congratulated the state and Gwinnett on the federal court of appeals ruling on Lake Lanier.
The decision ensures the lake as a drinking water supply for metro Atlanta's 3 million residents.
"Tuesday's court decision about the intended purpose of Lake Lanier was a major step forward for Gwinnett county and metro Atlanta," Woodall said. "This decision affirms what many Georgia officials involved in the tri-state water discussions have advocated for years, that the Lake Lanier Reservoir was meant to supply northeast Georgia's families and businesses with a steady and adequate supply of water."
Woodall noted Georgia's heightened position at the negotiating table with Alabama and Florida leaders in the water wars, which have plagued the states for two decades.
"With this decision there is now an honest foundation on which the three governors can proceed in their discussions on how to responsibly manage the water supply from the ACF river basin, which we must all share," he said. "The best conservation techniques in the world wouldn't help to counter a complete absence of water supply from Lake Lanier."
Woodall said he would work with Gov. Nathan Deal and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on anything needed in Congress "to ensure that water from Lake Lanier will continue to flow to millions of Georgia residents."
Woodall will be back in Gwinnett next week, giving a speech to the Duluth Civitan Club after the July 4 holiday.
According to the club's Jerry Robb, the public can attend the event, scheduled for 11: 45 a.m. Tuesday at the Festival Center in Duluth, although space is limited.
Lunch will be catered by Duluth's Family Restaurant at a cost of $8 per person.
To RSVP, call Terry Crouch at 678-481-8474 or Robb at 678-283-9787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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