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(CNN)   Dear Florida: We accidentally sent you 22 billion gallons of water. Can we have it back? Thanks. Yours truly, Georgia   ( divider line
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2006-06-21 12:31:28 AM  
Um, no.
2006-06-21 12:54:20 AM  
Sure, give it to them. Just cut the overflow to FL and let them have their floods. When they ask to turn the flow back on to Florida, ask if the people in Atlanta are still thirsty before making the switch.

/grew up playing on the Chatanasty
2006-06-21 04:35:50 AM  
The Corps acknowledged over the weekend that a faulty gauge at Lake Lanier had allowed 22 billion gallons of water to be released by mistake.

2006-06-21 05:05:02 AM  
Bush administration officials scramble for said water to be airlifted back to Georgia.

/got nothing
2006-06-21 05:08:03 AM  
almost got a florida tag...
2006-06-21 05:16:09 AM  
the florida tag could have worked 'cause it has to do with Florida, but the dumbass tag suits this just fine casue the Engineers are Morans...
2006-06-21 05:16:19 AM  
How will suing the army fix the potential problem? What a douchebag.
2006-06-21 05:16:51 AM  
and i can't spell today...
2006-06-21 05:17:57 AM  
Dear Florida: We The Corps of Engineers accidentally sent you 22 billion gallons of water. Can we have it back? Now you can't have as much for awhile. Deal with it. Thanks Yours truly, Georgia

Fixed that for you, submitter
2006-06-21 05:19:59 AM  


Perdue said the state would seek a temporary restraining order to limit the amount of water the Corps could take from lakes along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system.

Environmental Protection Division, said the amount of water mistakenly drained would have been enough to support the city of Atlanta for 118 days.

Grow some hair on your testies and come back when you can think, 'great' Odins Raven
2006-06-21 05:56:17 AM  
Somebody in Georgia wasn't paying attention with that SIM City game, were they? ("Dammit. Why the fark do I have to keep replacing the water pumps and pipes...?")
2006-06-21 06:08:41 AM  

the dumbass tag suits this just fine casue the Engineers are Morans

Yes the engineers are dumbasses because a guage was poorly manufactured/tampered with/installed incorrectly/poorly designed...

If fark had an asshat tag it would suit you just fine.
2006-06-21 06:10:52 AM  
the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system.

Who else can pronounce that?

Sonny Purdue being the genius who let out school to 'conserve gas'.

/Native Georgian
//Those were actually a fun two free days.
2006-06-21 06:33:51 AM  
no wonder the hooch was so high over the weekend.

and I mean "Chatahoochee", not what you were thinking.
2006-06-21 06:50:31 AM  
I this had happened between New Mexico and Texas, the war would have already begun.

I doubt that New Mexico even has 22 billion gallons of water in the whole state.

/Will someone please think of the chili peppers?
2006-06-21 07:13:02 AM  
I'll do my part here in ga. Only flushing twice instead of my usual 3 times this week.
2006-06-21 07:17:16 AM  
[image from too old to be available]
"Think about the sturgeon...won't someone please think about the sturgeon?"

/Lives in Georgia
//Got my sprinklers on right now
///Mmmmm dried sturgeon jerky...
2006-06-21 07:24:09 AM  
Meh, I'm surprised the water even made it to Florida considering how much Georgia sucks.

/I keed, I keed.
2006-06-21 07:36:51 AM  
Water from Georgia is being sent downstream to Florida to protect endangered sturgeon and mussels.

This obviously happened on purpose. Some enviromentalist whacko said we need to save these things with no regard to human life in GA. I bet PETA is behind this!
2006-06-21 07:37:26 AM  
Dear Georgia,

Sure thing, start sucking.

2006-06-21 08:06:24 AM  
Lake Lanier is the largest man made lake in the USA when measured by miles of shoreline. In the late 80's during a dry spell, a local TV weatherman predicted that the lake might never reach it's normal level again in our life time. Two months later, after about a week of good rain, the lake was at flood level. 22 billion gallons is no big deal, it's just a bummer for the local economy and boaters who now have to avoid rocks and tree stumps that were never removed. Things will be back to normal this fall. As for the political bluster, there's an election coming up and Gov. Sonny Purdue is running for re-election.
2006-06-21 08:16:20 AM  
Why doesn't everyone in Georgia just drive down to Florida and bring a couple gallon jugs back with them?
2006-06-21 08:26:31 AM  
Can someone explain how the "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" is involved in mangement of civil water?

/though the US believed in private enterprise
2006-06-21 08:32:01 AM  
I spend alot of time on the 'Hooch. The 22B gallons was released over a long period of time. Recently, the river has been falling below normal levels after generation. And the few days during the past weeks, they have not generate at all, which it very unusually. I guess the drought season has offical arrived.
2006-06-21 08:33:54 AM  
The Corps handles water management in all areas where it had a hand in building the dams. Since the corps built all the dams along the Chattahoochee River watershed, it controls when and how much water is held, released, etc. And since the Corps is now overseen by the Bush Adminstration, it's doing a pretty lousy job -- as are the Forest Service, NPS, and any other gov. agency headed by cronies rather than professionals (see: "You'd doing a great job, Brownie.")

TVA oversees water management in the Tennessee Valley watershed just to the north. But TVA's board, while politically appointed, has a much longer tenure, so it's more insulated (but not immune) from cronyism. Thus this summer, the Corps lakes in north Georgia like Lanier are almost dry, while TVA lakes just 40 miles to the north, like Blue Ridge and Nottely, are full.

Oh, and a trivia item: There are no naturally occuring lakes in Georgia. They're all man-made.
2006-06-21 08:36:34 AM  
Mussels are more important than Floridians. If we lose all the mussels in the world, there would be a lot of damage to the environment. If we lost all the Floridians in the world, nothing bad would happen.
2006-06-21 08:38:09 AM  
Atlanta-based Coca Cola company will step right in with crisp, refreshing Dasani water for all! Its the freshmaker!
2006-06-21 08:46:33 AM  
See... This is proof. Everyone says the levees failed around new orleans, but this is what really happened.

/tin foil
2006-06-21 08:53:56 AM  
I'm rooting for the sturgeons and mussels even though I live in Georgia. Our state wastes so much water, it's not even funny.

I live, garden, and raise a few head of poultry on 12 acres in rural Georgia, and we're looking into rainwater barrels and a greywater system. Georgia has been under watering restrictions for *two years straight*, partly because of dry weather, but also partly because the unintelligently-developed city of Atlanta has been sucking the aquifers dry. I don't trust that the public infrastructure will always be able to provide for us.
2006-06-21 09:05:47 AM  
"a trivia item: There are no naturally occuring lakes in Georgia. They're all man-made"


I did not know that.

That seems odd and off to Google for me.
2006-06-21 09:06:46 AM  
Must be why Lanier looks like a mud puddle instead of a lake right now..
2006-06-21 09:07:43 AM  
That seems odd and off to Google for me.

Thats actually true. A majority of lakes in the south are man-made.
2006-06-21 09:10:44 AM  
It is pretty sad when the state of Florida gets a 1-up on you...
2006-06-21 09:11:50 AM  
Looks like GA has a few sinkhole lakes, but not many, so I learned something new...anyone else interested, here's a quickie reference:
2006-06-21 09:12:17 AM  

I guess Atlanta and Denver have a lot in common. The amount of water we waste is sickening.
2006-06-21 09:22:15 AM  
They just redirected it to New Orleans. I hear they're short of water this time of year.

/going to hell
2006-06-21 09:29:09 AM  
with props to DandamanFL

Florida to GA: suck it.
2006-06-21 09:29:33 AM  
Georgia is suing MySpace too (for $40 Million) for allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take whatever they want down south, if you know what I mean.

/I'm sure you knew what I meant
2006-06-21 09:44:31 AM  
Dear Georgia,

We put it in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll move it into the Atlantic Ocean for you. You can pick it up in Savannah. You're welcome.


2006-06-21 09:47:42 AM  
This is just one more reason to get the U.S. Army Corp OUT of GA. They are pathetic.

This is just one more reason to get the U.S. Army Corp OUT of GA. They are pathetic.

If FL or Alabama want more water for their fish etc., then they should build a dam or whatever and make their own damn lake to manage their end of the river. Did a well, put in a desalinization plant but take care of you water problems and quite biatching about 1 freakn river GA has for metro Atlanta. And no we are no going to stop building, so you can go first FL and AL on that approach.

The water wars are intense in GA and this although by itself is not a big deal is hard to take when the U.S. Army Corp constantly refuses to do anything about the water problem in GA. It's our our water....the Corp needs to go. We need a Panama moment here in GA.

The water wars are intense in GA and this although by itself is not a big deal is hard to take when the U.S. Army Corp constantly refuses to do anything about the water problem in GA. It's our our water....the Corp needs to go. We need a Panama moment here in GA.
2006-06-21 09:49:27 AM  
Lake Lanier is a pretty boring lake, frankly.
2006-06-21 09:53:09 AM  
Anyone who disparages the fighting men and women of the Corps of Engineers in this time of war is a traitor and your wives are shreiking harpies.
2006-06-21 09:58:43 AM  
Well hell erveryone wants the U.S. Army out of Iraq after a few years. All I want is for them to leave GA after 60 or 70 years since they created the lake. I don't think I'm asking for too much.

We can run the dam just fine alone. Of course AL and FL will not see much water if that happens, but I'm ok with that.
2006-06-21 10:05:04 AM  
It's our our water....

No. You have a right of usage, not ownership. You cannot divert and store water that would otherwise flow naturally to the Gulf.

Would you say that St. Louis has the right to dam the Mississsippi and sell the water to everyone downstream?

Of course not. Here's why: Ownership has a concomitant responsibility that a right of usage does not. If you claim to own the water you also have the responsibilty to repair all the damage water can do when it is in excess and, likewise, would have the responsibilty to provide water to customers whether there was water available or not. More responsibility.

Unless Georgia wants to bear the responsibility for floods and droughts, they should play by the well established rules.
2006-06-21 10:09:00 AM  
The Corps of Engineers? Screw something up? NO!

Call Fema!
2006-06-21 10:09:28 AM  
Pat Robbins, spokesman for the Corps of Engineers' Mobile District, said Tuesday he could not comment. "We have not seen or heard anything about this," Robbins said.

My favorite part of this article. What a complete dumbass.
2006-06-21 10:12:09 AM  

Laws can be changed. Go fly a kite.
2006-06-21 10:13:11 AM  
Thats actually true. A majority of lakes in the south are man-made.

It's all about the glaciers. Lakes in the north were formed where the glacier sat and compressed, or scoured out when moving. Since they never made it down south, you guys don't have the terrain features that become lakes. My wife is from MD, she says it's the same there too, all man made.
2006-06-21 10:24:17 AM  
Dear Submitter:

You accidentally slept through elementary school. Can you go back in time and not be such a dumb fark when you get back?

Dear Greenlighter:

See above.

/yes, I know
//need more coffee
2006-06-21 10:26:16 AM  
Meanwhile, Lake Lanier will soon be known as Lanier Valley.

/Dad's boat is almost in the mud
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