Slapped down

Published 4:22 pm Friday, January 16, 2009

Thank you, U.S. Supreme Court Justices for slapping the water-greedy hands of Georgia state officials trying to siphon water for Atlanta at the cost of downstream users such as us.

The Supreme Court denied Georgia’s request to review a lower court’s decision to invalidate a 2003 agreement among Georgia, metro Atlanta governments, federal hydropower customers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In this agreement, which was drawn up under dubious circumstances in the beginning, would set aside up to 50 percent more water in Lake Lanier for the metro-Atlanta region for the next 20 years. The metro-Atlanta user would then pay about $2.5 million toward the cost of operating Lanier’s Buford Dam.

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The court said Atlanta’s and Georgia’s attempted withdrawals “constitutes a major operational change on its face” and therefore required congressional approval.

Now would be a good time to call Rep. Sanford Bishop and U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Maybe we can get our two-cents worth in before the next water-grab sets into motion.