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Heavy rains bring little relief to Lake Lanier

File Photo -- People wait for the arrival of their friends and family by boats at the east bank boat ramp at Lake Lanier.

File Photo -- People wait for the arrival of their friends and family by boats at the east bank boat ramp at Lake Lanier.

GAINESVILLE -- Storms that have passed over north Georgia have brought little relief to Lake Lanier, a reservoir northeast of Atlanta that's part of a tri-state water dispute.

On Friday, the lake on the Chattahoochee River was holding almost 1,063 feet of water. That level was nearly unchanged over the last three days even though Gainesville recorded almost four inches of rain since Wednesday. The lake is about 8 feet below full.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Patrick Robbins said that just over a third of an inch of rain had flowed into the reservoir in a day.

Alabama and Florida have filed lawsuits over the years arguing that metro Atlanta takes too much water from Lake Lanier, leaving too little for communities and wildlife downstream.

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toby 1 year, 8 months ago

Here's an idea. Let whatever flows into the lake flow out. Keep the lake level constant. That's the way Mother Nature did it before the COE built a dam and it worked for billions of years. And if Florida needs water, pump it from the ocean. UF brags about how smart their students are so show it.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 8 months ago

Rain has very little to do with the level of the lake. COE have been lying to us for years concerning this.

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