Drought

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will
decide next month whether to further reduce water released from
Lake Lanier and other reservoirs along the Chattahoochee River.

The Corps said yesterday at a court hearing in Jacksonville it
will announce by December 7th whether to cut water flows heading
downstream to Florida by another five percent.

The Corps has already agreed to reduce the flow of water from
Lanier -- Atlanta's main water source -- by about five percent to
3.1 billion gallons. The cuts began last week. The plan could
ultimately reduce releases from the lake by as much as 17 percent,
depending on lake levels.

The lake is at its lowest level in years. It descended to
1,052.60 feet above sea level this morning -- about a tenth of a
foot below the record low set more than a quarter-century ago.

The region has a rainfall deficit of about 20 inches and Lanier
alone is more than 18 feet below full pool.

The previous record _ 1,052.66 feet _ was recorded in December


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