Despite recent rainstorms, drought continues to grip Georgia, and water levels are dropping in the state’s large, federally run reservoirs. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects they will keep dropping unless more sustained rains fall.
A grand jury has indicted a boater involved in a deadly crash on Lake Lanier who now faces homicide charges. The Times of Gainesville reports that a Hall County grand jury indicted Paul J. Bennett of Cumming in connection with the June 18 collision that killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother, Jake, both of Buford.
Officials in Hall County are looking for ways to improve safety on Lake Lanier after two bad accidents this summer. Commissioner Craig Lutz said members will be meeting with emergency responders on Wednesday to discuss options for making the lake safer.
Governor Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit levels for boaters and hunters in the wake of a tragedy on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers.
A federal agency says it has the legal authority to give Georgia more water from a disputed reservoir, though it has not made a final decision on how much to release. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in documents released Tuesday that it has the legal ability to give metro Atlanta communities access to 705 million gallons of water per day from Lake Lanier on the Chattahoochee River to meet needs through 2030.
FBI divers, cadaver dogs and dozens of searchers are continuing to scour Lake Lanier for signs of a teenager missing since a fishing boat collided with his family's pontoon boat. They resumed the search for 13-year-old Griffin Prince after daybreak on Tuesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not intervene in a tri-state water dispute between Alabama, Georgia and Florida that has threatened the metro Atlanta area's water supply. The decision Monday by the top court means that a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta still stands. That appeals court ruling was a significant victory for Atlanta and area communities since a lower judge had earlier threatened to severely restrict the region's access to its main water source.