Georgia, Alabama and Tennesee in seriously dangerous drought

Beached docks sit on the dried bed of Georgia’s Lake Lanier. The once-mighty lake could run dry in 90 days if an “exceptional” drought persists. (AP Photo)>>

This really touched me. From Jerry Carnes at NBC’s 11Alive News:

When it comes to running a business there are a lot of things that can threaten success. But right now in Metro Atlanta, the number one threat is the drought, according to the president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.Without major changes business leaders are saying the water crisis could become an everyday problem.Near the Little River Bridge, it is easy to see that Allatoona Lake is shrinking. Some businesses in the area have said their profits are shrinking as well. If they survive the drought, it may only be the beginning.When you run a lakeside business, it helps if the lake remains by your side.”We have no lake traffic whatsoever, the docks are in the mud,” said Little River Bar and Grill owner J.P. Ridley.The lake keeps sinking further and further away from the Little River Bar and Grill, costing the owner a quarter of his customers. As a result, he was forced to layoff four employees on Monday — and that may not be the end.”We’re trying to hold on to everybody we can,” said Ridley. “But you can only pay payroll for so long and continue to operate. So I guess there will be more layoffs down the road.”The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce said the drought is the number one threat to businesses, and is calling for major changes in the way officials manage the water supply.”If we don’t implement these extremely improvements, this is going to be an everyday event in 12 years,” said Chamber President Sam Williams.Williams is calling for state lawmakers to support and fund a statewide water plan, and said part of that plan should include funding for new reservoirs, so that Metro Atlanta is not dependent on Allatoona and Lake Lanier for drinking water. The Chamber also said the US Army Corps of Engineers is taking excessive amounts of water from Lake Lanier — taking it from drought-stricken Georgia to send downstream to Alabama and Florida. The Chamber said the Corps is taking out five times the amount of water going into the lake, and has asked the Corps to cut back.A spokesperson for the Corps said they are considering a similar request from Georgia’s governor. “We don’t want another Katrina situation here,” Williams said. “We need the Corps to be responsible.”At Little River Bar and Grill, Ridley said he doesn’t expect all the customers to come back until Allatoona Lake does.The statewide water plan will be one of the first things that state lawmakers will address when they reconvene in January.

One Response

  1. Jake,

    Seriously, this is a scary sight to behold. I have notice subtle changes in my garden. Being a gardener; I thought I was overreacting to notable changes in blooming times, or when plants appeared. I thought I was just overreacting to my thoughts of climate change and how it was impacting my garden. However, when I watched an in depth program on climate change; the narrator mentioned how gardeners are the first to notice the current changes of the climate. It made me feel insecure; to know that I have noticed such things just by a mere bloom within the garden.

    I guess my point is this; there had to be an obvious and noticeable decline in water levels on a consistent basis. Yet, was anything done to manage the issue ? Not a forceful notice of change. Now that it is too late, the blame game begins and people are left scratching their heads. What to do. I heard one news report; claiming that it would take a Category Five hurricane to replenish the many drought hit areas, lakes, and natural habitats affected. People need to get a grip, and bite down on the situation. Complacency will be the downfall of many; if things do not change. Ahh, change; why do so many fear the important factors of life and sustaining it ?? Hmmm

    LOL, just my bit of rambling brother!
    ~ B

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