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because it said it had enough water. Those doing the withdrawing Lanier. Alabama, especially the nuclear power plant, needs water say that this was authorized as an “incidental” use. Alabama and from Lake Lanier. Florida and Apalachicola Bay need water from Florida say it wasn’t. We’ll come back to that in a minute. Lake Lanier. The years passed and Atlanta grew. More significantly, metro Seeing the problem, the states started talking about water Atlanta grew. Thousands of people, thirsty people, moved into sharing. Well, not quite. Actually the states started talking about North Fulton County, Cobb County, and Gwinnett County, and talking about sharing. And then not talking. And posturing in the most of them were watered by Lake Lanier. press. And getting nothing done. Meanwhile, downstream, Then, in the fall and winter of 2007, Alabama was building as well, the rains that usually fill the lake and and among the industries needswell the river didn’t come, and the ing Chattahoochee water was need for both drinking water for the a nuclear power plant near the metro area and a downstream flow for Alabama-Florida line. Florida Alabama and Florida became critical. was interested in the water from It was at this point that one Georgia Lanier for another reason. As the legislator proposed moving the state Norman Maclean, Chattahoochee enters the state it line north, into Tennessee, where he A River Runs Through It (1976) joins with the Flint River to form claimed it should have been all along. the Apalachicola River that feeds This would give his state access to the bay that is a seafood parawater from the Tennessee River and dise. Without sufficient freshwater the oysters and other molall its problems would be solved. Not surprisingly, Tennessee lusks (some of them on the endangered list) could not survive wouldn’t go along. Meanwhile other “interested parties” – lakeand the state’s seafood industry would be crippled. front landowners, marina operators, downriver municipalities, So there you have it. and agricultural interests – were voicing their concern and threatGeorgia, especially metro Atlanta, needs water from Lake ening to get involved.

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