Georgia's state government is considering investing in a reservoir that could send water downstream during dry spells into a lake at the center of a three-state dispute. Gov. Nathan Deal's administration is weighing a request from Hall County to invest $14.6 million in the Glades Reservoir.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott disclosed Tuesday that his state is going to sue the state of Georgia, saying its increased consumption of water is limiting flows to the Apalachicola River. Scott said in a statement that Florida must take such drastic action because it has been unable to negotiate a settlement in recent decades on how to allocate water between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Florida's step is an escalation in years of litigation.
The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
This Memorial Day weekend will be the first big test for officers charged with enforcing Georgia’s new Boating Under the Influence law. The BUI law went into effect on May 15 and changed the blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for people behind the wheel of a boat or watercraft.
A water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia over metro Atlanta's water use has spilled into Congress. A bill allowing the government to construct and manage river and harbor projects included a rule that could have threatened north Georgia's ability to take water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona.
Lake Lanier is back up to its full water level for the first time in two years. That’s good news for homeowners, boaters and others using the lake. But some worry Georgians will give up the few water restrictions they may be following now.
Georgia Congressman Doug Collins has started a caucus in the US House to reform the US Army Corps of Engineers. Collins says the bureaucracy in many federal construction projects has made the Corps fiscally irresponsible and inefficient.