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11th Circuit Says Atlanta Can Draw
From Lake Lanier in Major Water Rights Case

June 30, 2011, 4:00 AM

ATLANTA—A three-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authority to allocate additional water from Lake Lanier to meet Atlanta’s growing water supply needs, saying the lake was built for the purpose of supplying the region with water (In Re: MDL-1824 Tri-State Water Rights Litigation).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit June 28 reversed a lower court ruling that use of water from Lake Lanier for metropolitan Atlanta must be approved by Congress, and it gave the corps one year to come up with a new plan for ...

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