Under the plan, the amount of water flowing south of the Woodruff Dam near
It would also not adversely affect endangered species in
There was also a provision to reduce the flow of water further to 4,150 cfs (118 cubic meters per second) if necessary, said senior officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The advantage of the plan was to "keep in any rains that come into the reservoirs, in the reservoirs," said Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, the Corps' south Atlantic division commander.
"Under the existing plan we would have had to have released any rains that came in excess of 5,000 cubic feet per second," he said, stressing that the plan was flexible and its effects would be monitored closely. The Southeast is normally one of the wettest regions in the United States but a drought classified as "extreme" has affected parts of several states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North and South Carolina.
Environmentalists say part of the problem is high consumption, aggravated by a lack of serious water conservation efforts in some of the fastest growing areas of the
Lanier's water levels have fallen dramatically, leading to claims by state officials that it could run dry in a few months, but Schroedel said that even under the most extreme conditions with no rain there was at least 450 days of water left in it.