Wish I had more time for analysis, but here's the three press releases, in the order recieved:
Gov. Sonny Perdue's:
ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that he has directed the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to provide a letter outlining a solution to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the excess release of water from ACF reservoirs.
Governor Perdue has requested the immediate alteration of all ACF reservoir releases, so that releases from Woodruff Dam at Lake Seminole are only equivalent to inflows, up to 5,000 cubic feet per second (CFS). Governor Perdue stipulates that if inflows are greater, releases should only equal 5,000 CFS and all additional inflows will be stored. In order to make an immediate short-term impact on Georgia’s water supply, Governor Perdue requested this action be taken at once, and kept in place until March 1, 2008.
“Today we are handing the Army Corps of Engineers a solution to an ongoing problem that has contributed to the most severe drought in Georgia history,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “This is a unifying document that will help citizens that live upstream, midstream and downstream of Georgia’s reservoirs, as well as citizens in Alabama and Florida. I am extremely grateful for the united support of Georgia’s state leaders such as the Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker Glenn Richardson, as well as our Congressional delegation including Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.”
Governor Perdue set a deadline for a response from the Corps by of close of business Wednesday, October 17, 2007. If a favorable response is not rendered by this time, Governor Perdue will pursue all options, including legal measures if necessary.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle:
“The document that the Army Corps of Engineers received today presents a win-win solution for all involved. This is a reasonable and workable resolution to our water shortage and I commend the Governor as well as our entire state and federal delegation for working together to aggressively address this issue. It is our hope that the Corps will quickly move forward with the plan presented before them."
Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson:
"Obviously the current water shortage is an issue our state must address. The solution offered to the Army Corps of Engineers is something Governor Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Cagle, Senators Isakson and Chambliss, Georgia's Congressional delegation and I have worked together on, and I am committed to ensuring that the Corps follows through on the solution we have submitted."