Meeting over water, river answers very few questions

19 09 2008

By Andy Powell | GadsdenTimes.com

An Army Corps of Engineers meeting Wednesday night in Gadsden about the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River basin left some of those attending a little frustrated.

Their concerns about things such as water flow, pool levels and taking water from that basin and giving it to another basin that serves the city of Atlanta weren’t in the scope of the meeting, which was to get input on rewriting the Corps’ water control manual for the basin.

The Corps of Engineers’ current manual for the basin was written in 1952.

E. Patrick Robbins, who oversees legislative and public affairs for the Corps in Mobile, said the “water wars” among Georgia, Florida and Alabama delayed the manual’s being rewritten in the mid-1980s because of long-running court battles. Other operating manuals for reservoirs in the basin have been written or updated since then, Robbins said.

He said recently the secretary of the Army decided it was time for the rewriting process to begin when a solution to the water controversy could not be reached.

Robbins said the Corps did not determine the water levels on Weiss Lake. He said that is determined by Alabama Power and that issue is outside the scope of the report. However, he said comments about that would be noted.

The meeting was one of four in the district that stretches from north of Atlanta to Mobile.

Other meetings were in Montgomery, Rome, Ga., and Kennesaw, Ga.

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