Corps Will Take Three Years to Develop Water Manual

The Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of rewriting it’s water management plan for the entire Coosa River basin.

This announcement came at a public meeting organized by the Corps in Cobb County.

What does this mean for Lake Allatoona? Not much yet. Its going to take three years. The same plan has been used since when Lake Allatoona was the only dam on the system.

The Coosa river basin originates here in north Georgia and runs southwest through Alabama. The states disagree over water from Allatoona:

  • Georgia says that the Corps’ operations don’t reflect the state’s rapid population growth.
  • Alabama says that the Corps of favors metro Atlanta’s needs over downstream communities.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) spoke up for the lake: "Common sense says that preserving our water reservoirs – particularly headwaters like Allatoona and Lanier – should be a priority for everyone, upstream and downstream".