Buford Dam Road along Lake Lanier
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will wait until April 30 to reduce the amount of water that flows out of Lake Lanier at Burford Dam, a move that allows increased water storage amid continuing drought conditions.
Federal authorities published their decision Friday, more than two months after a request by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The corps dialed back the water release on Saturday from 750 cubic feet per second to 650 cubic feet per second.
Corps officials said they did not act sooner because of concerns about water quality and environmental conditions downstream. The corps said the latest observations and measurement put those concerns to rest.
A corps spokesman said the lower pressure won't be noticeable to onlookers at the dam.