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Corps of Engineers begins drought operations

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Drought conditions that continue to plague Alabama and Georgia have prompted federal authorities to begin drought operations.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says drought conditions are continuing in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basins, triggering the requirement that the agency enters drought operations.

Officer E. Patrick Robbins, an agency spokesman, says that starting drought operations means the minimum flow into the Apalachicola River to protect threatened and endangered species will be 5,000 cubic feet per second. He said the minimum flow will be maintained as the Corps stores all available rainfall when possible until the basin recovers sufficiently.

Authorities say that despite spring rains in March, the overall conditions on the Flint and lower parts of the Chattahoochee have remained in a drought situation since the end of last summer.

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

The U.S. Government takes good care of the "threatened and endangered species" but 3 million people plus in the Atlanta area can go to hell.
I am hoping for change in Washington come the first Tuesday next November.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

Just look at how the COE handled the situation in New Orleans with Katrina. They can't build decent levees. How do you expect them to figure out how to control a drought? I pay my water bill, not the COE. I will use what water I want to use. Stop development and the current residents here won't have to use less water so that developers can get rich and put more water users in the area. How stupid this circle becomes.

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onetime 1 year, 11 months ago

@kevin. You act like the COE controls the weather. There is not enough water to fill up the reservoirs that currently exist. What would be the point in building more?

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

The State of Georgia has been dealing with this for many years. Enough time and talk has been spent on this. Why hasn't more lakes and water containment areas been built and more underground feeder wells been drilled? Not one governor seems to be taking this seriously.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

why doesn't our great COE start pumping water from the Tenn River into Lake Lanier? They could build a pipeline.

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dominic102 1 year, 8 months ago

The worst anticipated result of the said drought is the rise of the food cost. According to the United States DOA, the cost of food will start increasing in stores across the country later this year. The price hike will be driven by harvest shortages, due to extreme droughts in the Midwest, [Midwest droughts will raise the price of food][1]. While we've been lounging poolside and enjoying our summer, the sun has been putting in a lot of overtime which has U.S. crops and farmers suffering horribly as a nationwide drought persists.

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