Army Corps of Engineers Reduces Water Flow from Lake Allatoona

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to reduce the water flow out of Lake Allatoona in Georgia. It's reducing the flow by 40 to 50 percent in an effort to make sure Allatoona remains a lake.

The General Manager of the Cobb-County-Marietta Water Authority says officials are committed to making sure the authority can provide water for customers in 2008.

Governor Riley released the following statement today about the reduction of water flow from Lake Allatoona:

"The reduced flow from Lake Allatoona is part of a comprehensive plan to address the severe drought being experienced in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin. For the first time, the Corps and other federal agencies have agreed to give Alabama the same flexibility in managing reservoirs in our state that has been utilized at the Corps' reservoirs in Georgia.  The unprecedented cooperation between Alabama and the Corps to develop these emergency measures means that Alabama's reservoirs will be put on an equal footing with the reservoirs in Georgia for the first time."