Stop the release

The State wants to decrease water releases from Lanier.

The state of Georgia has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to reduce the water discharge from Buford Dam from Nov. 1 through April 30, 2009.

The request, which was made by Carol Couch, director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, said reducing the flow at Peachtree Creek, near Atlanta, to 650 cubic feet per second will save 11.7 billion gallons of water in Lake Lanier. Combined with current conservation measures, Couch estimates the reduced flow would result in saving 20.64 billion gallons.