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Old 10-21-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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OK, we have been doing everything we can to conserve water, but I had not been in panic mode until we went to Sweetwater Creek State Park today. I was completely astounded. I didn't have a camera with me, but here are some photos on the web to give you an idea of what I saw. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF WATER FOLKS!!!!!

Here is what the lake at the park is supposed to look like......

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites



Here is what the lake looked like today........

East Point's Reservoir - Drought Conditions | The Village of Egan Park (http://www.eganpark.com/2007/10/18/east-points-reservoir-drought-conditions - broken link)
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:29 PM
 
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FYI - Went to the grocery store and over half of the gallon water jugs had been sold. Looks like people are starting to realize the problem & plan ahead. Very scary!
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:14 AM
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This should be a lesson:Plan ahead. When and if GA has a water surplus(via floods or other sorts), the excess should be stored away for hard times later on.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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This should be a lesson:Plan ahead. When and if GA has a water surplus(via floods or other sorts), the excess should be stored away for hard times later on.
where?
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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where?
The City of Canton and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority are building a new reservoir called Hickory Log Creek (http://www.hickorylogcreek.com/faqs.html - broken link) for that purpose. Other communities and local water authorities should consider taking similar action.

The state ain't gonna do it -- it's too factionalized/fragmented.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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i read about that today. that would only really give atlanta a few weeks worth of extra water though. not very much...
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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i read about that today. that would only really give atlanta a few weeks worth of extra water though. not very much...
From the web site:

"The dam will span the width of Hickory Log Creek north of downtown Canton just west of the new Bluffs Parkway. It will be approximately 950 wide and 180 feet high making it one of largest dams in the state not built by the Corps of Engineers or Georgia Power. The reservoir will fill in behind it covering 370 acres and offering 15 miles of shoreline. At capacity, it will hold 5 billion gallons of water. It will be permitted for a withdrawal of 44 million gallons per day (mgd), which will be shared by Canton and CCMWA. In addition to the dam and reservoir, the project also includes an intake and pump station, plus a pipeline to transport water between the reservoir and the Etowah River."

That isn't small potatos. :-)
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area
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I believe the story on WSB yesterday said that when the new reservoir is at full capacity (which obviously won't be for at least a couple of years because it will take a lot of rain to fill it up), it will provide 3% of the capacity for the Cobb/Douglas area. It sounds like we need a lot more reservoirs. Of course, land acquisition on that scale is very expensive as is the construction of new dams in addition to the carrying costs for running them. It seems to me that it is long past time for the entire southeast to come together to negotiate and implement a water resources plan for the whole region.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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true, its alot of water, but i read somewhere that the Atlanta area goes through aboubt 500 million gallons A DAY. so, if it were another drought, it would go thru that in about 10 days. and thats assuming no more people moved there...
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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true, its alot of water, but i read somewhere that the Atlanta area goes through aboubt 500 million gallons A DAY. so, if it were another drought, it would go thru that in about 10 days. and thats assuming no more people moved there...
Wowsers...
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