Judge Winnows Down Central Question in Lake Lanier Case
U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson has announced that the first question to be decided in an ongoing multi-state battle for water in Lake Lanier is whether or not metropolitan Atlanta has the right to use the lake as a primary water supply. Alabama and Florida, which originated the suit against the Corp of Engineers to keep it from providing more water from the lake to Atlanta, argue that the drinking water supply was not a purpose for which the lake was authorized, but a secondary benefit. Georgia officials argue that drinking water supply was an original purpose of the lake.
Question of right to water central in Lanier case (Stacy Shelton, Atlanta Journal-Consitution, Aug. 12, 2008)