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Lake Lanier Continues to Decline

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Chattahoochee River is swelling with water as
Georgia's Lake Lanier declines.

That's because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water in the river to make up for dry conditions downstream. Water stored in two other federal reservoirs on the Chattahoochee is mostly depleted. That leaves Lake Lanier to provide most of the water needed for protected mussels downstream in Florida.

The corps plans to keep sending the releases at least through Thursday when federal biologists are scheduled to report on whether the mussels can survive with less water. If biologists OK the plan, the corps will reduce the water flowing into Florida by 16 percent.

Until then, the corps must maintain a flow of at least 3.2 billion gallons of water every day into Florida.


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