Georgia Files Suit Demanding Federal Action On Allatoona Water Supply

Florida isn’t the only state that can file lawsuits over the use of our water.  Georgia has entered the litigation fray by filing a lawsuit of its own, this suit over use of water from Lake Allatoona and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River basin.  From a press release:

State Files Lawsuit Demanding Federal Action On Water Supply

State of Georgia, ARC and Cobb County Water Agency: Corps Must Address Water Supply Needs

(Atlanta, November 7, 2014) Today, the State of Georgia, the Atlanta Regional Commission and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority filed lawsuits against the Army Corps of Engineers. At issue is the Corps’ failure to address long-standing water supply requests in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin.

The Corps recently completed a critical step towards a much-needed new water control plan for Allatoona Lake. Unfortunately, this step again demonstrates the Corps’ intention to not address any of the unresolved water supply requests. This decision comes after a series of requests by state and local leaders over a period of thirty plus years for the Corps to address the need for additional drinking water supply from Allatoona Lake.

“It is frustrating to find the Corps unwilling to do what it has committed to do in the adjoining Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) basin – namely address the issue of additional water supply need at the same time the water control manual is being updated,” said Governor Deal.  “Failing to do so in our present situation is not defensible from either a legal or policy perspective.”

According to Attorney General Olens, “It is regrettable but necessary that we must now ask the court to require the Corps to do its job and make a decision. We need to know how Allatoona Lake will be operated for water supply so we can plan for the future.  That’s all we’re asking the Corps to do — put politics aside, make a decision, and let the chips fall where they may.”

Water in the ACT basin flows from Georgia through Alabama to Mobile Bay. The suits were filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.