from staff reports
WASHINGTON – Congressman Nathan Deal Tuesday called on the U.S. Corps of Engineers to explain their management practices of Lake Lanier during the record drought the residents of the 9th Congressional District currently are facing.
“I have the utmost respect for the Corps of Engineers, especially the Mobile District but within the current environment we find ourselves facing, I feel prudent oversight is warranted.” Deal stated.
In a letter to Army Secretary Peter Geren, Deal wrote, “…the underlying drought conditions have raised the stakes for the people of Georgia and political sidestepping will be not tolerated.”
He also asked the Army Secretary to insist that the Corps demonstrate its management of Lanier is “not simply for the benefit of any species protected by the Endangered Species Act or because of political threats of a state delegation.”
With an annual estimated economic impact of $5.5 billion to Lake Lanier, the congressman says, “it has become imperative that the water control plans be updated to allow for better resource management .”More Related Info