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Georgia's Governor Stands Up To Army Corps of Engineers on Water Flows

The Army Corps plan continues to draw millions of gallons of water from Georgia's reservoirs and send them downstream to power plants in Alabama and protect endangered mussels in Florida.

Governor Perdue says Georgia's conservation efforts are worthless unless the Corps changes their policy.

"It's unfair to ask Georgians to conserve water when their fatally flawed operation plan continues to release the rain we get," said Perdue on Wednesday at a press conference by the dry shores of West Point Lake.

Perdue expressed his extreme disappointment in the Army Corp of Engineers as well as neighboring states for not putting the needs of people in Georgia before endangered wildlife.

"I cannot imagine that there was any contemplation in the Endangered Species Act that animals would take precedent over drinking water for humans. That's unconscionable, and I'm willing to call that question in front of the highest office in this land to say it ain't so," said Perdue.

Every day, flows sent downstream through the Chattahoochee River provide enough water for 128 million five minute showers, 648 million toilet flushes, and a day's amount of drinking water for 10 million families of four.

With new water restrictions throughout the state, Perdue hopes to send a message to President Bush that Georgia is trying to do their part, while others are not.

"We had an agreement, and it broke down when Alabama didn't follow through. Now, we are going to stand up for Georgia's interests."

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