Ga. sues Corps over water supply requests
ATLANTA — The state of Georgia on Friday in a lawsuit asked a federal judge to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the state’s requests for additional water supply storage at Lake Allatoona.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta seeks to compel the Corps to update its water control plans and manuals for the lake and other reservoirs in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin. Georgia’s lawyers claim the state has been trying to get “rational, reasonable plans and manuals” from the Corps for more than three decades.
“The Corps’ refusal to properly address current and future water supply needs hampers the State of Georgia’s ability to properly manage its valuable water resources and potentially puts the health, safety and welfare of Georgia’s citizens at risk,” the lawsuit says.
Corps spokeswoman Lisa Parker said in an email that the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
The Corps has made public and private statements in recent years that indicate that it doesn’t plan to develop new plans and manuals to address the current and future water supply needs in the basin because of political pressure by Alabama, the lawsuit says.