Georgia governor assails Army Corps over reservoir draining

first_imgCarol Couch, environmental commissioner, warned Wednesday that the Corps would be “abandoning the people of the state of Georgia” and setting the stage for a “potential disaster” if it refused the deadline of the end of the business day. But environmentalists contend the state should have been better prepared for a water shortage, which they say is an inevitable result of decades of pro-growth policy that led to metro Atlanta’s sprawl. “Whether you’ve lived in Georgia for five months or 50 years, it’s easy to see the huge numbers of people moving to the state was going to put the squeeze on our water resources,” said Jill Johnson, the interim director of Georgia Conservation Voters. “The Corps has become a scapegoat for a lack of political leadership over the issue of water,” she said. “It’s been massive unchecked development that’s put further strain on our water supply.” More than a quarter of the Southeast is covered by an “exceptional” drought – the National Weather Service’s worst drought category – and Georgia is taking extreme measures to conserve water. Officials last month banned virtually all outdoor watering across the northern half of the state, restaurants are being asked to serve water only at customer request and the governor has called on Georgians to take shorter showers. The state is considering more restrictions regardless of the Corps’ decision.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – The Army Corps of Engineers sidestepped the governor’s demand to stop draining reservoirs Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown between the federal government and state officials who blame the policy for intensifying a record drought. The Corps said in a letter to the state’s environmental commissioner that it was abiding by federal guidelines, but that officials were now “exploring possible drought contingency options.” Corps officials say state and federal regulations require them to send water downstream. Gov. Sonny Perdue said he will sue. “The Corps’ nonsensical action to further release vital water from Georgia’s already depleted federal reservoirs must not stand,” he said. “There is simply no scientific justification to operate these reservoirs in this manner during a historic drought like the one we are experiencing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Millions of gallons of water are sent downstream to Florida and Alabama. The drought has heightened tensions among the three states, which already disagree on how to manage the region’s limited water supply. Florida has complained the state is not sending enough water downstream to protect mussels, and the state’s environmental chief sent a letter to the Corps on Wednesday that warned reducing the water flow “would severely impact Florida’s natural resources.” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged the Corps to release more water from Georgia’s lakes to help his state cope with the dry conditions. “We are not unilaterally opposed to changing the flows,” said Maj. Daren Payne, the deputy commander of the Corps’ office in Mobile, Ala. “But we’d be in violation of the law if we did now. “People in Georgia have been hurting. They’ve lost businesses, jobs and income. And we don’t want to see any more harm come to anyone, but we have obligations to manage this basin.” State officials have said they were unprepared for the severity of the drought, compounded by scorching heat and a drier-than-normal hurricane season. As the drought worsened, Georgia politicians claimed the Corps’ stubborn agenda intensified the water shortage. last_img read more


first_imgA woman who abused another woman in a supermarket claiming she had let down the air in her tyres has been given the Probation Act.Anne Morrow, 65, of Castlebane, Ballybofey appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour..The court heard the incident followed a long-running dispute Ms Morrow and Ms Ursula Burke, who had previously been landlord and tenant. On October 10th, 2014, Ms Burke claimed she has been verbally assaulted by Ms Morrow at LIDL supermarket at Donegal Road, Ballybofey.Ms Morrow admitted she had spoken to Ms Burke and admitted losing her temper calling her a bitch but denied she used any other language.Judge Paul Kelly applied the Probation Act.WOMAN VERBALLY ATTACKED IN SUPERMARKET OVER FLAT TYRE INCIDENT was last modified: December 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuseAnne MOrrowBallybofeycourtdonegalsupermarketTYRESlast_img read more

South Africa buoyed by tourism growth

first_imgA 10.2 percent growth in international tourists to South Africa has been deemed an affirmation of the country’s tourism industry and tourism marketing efforts.However, President Jacob Zuma, who announced the 2012 figures in Cape Town late last week, warned the country against growing complacent in a competitive market.“More and more countries around the world are realising the opportunity that tourism presents…and our geographic position makes our fight for the global tourism share more difficult than most,” he said.According to President Zuma, the South African tourism industry needs to work together to promote the country’s accessibility in order to continue to “fuel [South Africa’s] industry’s success”.Tourists from Central and South America grew by 37 percent in 2012 over the previous year and South Africa also saw impressive growth from Asia (33.7 per cent), lead primarily by population super powers China and India.However, it is still Europe and the United States bringing in the most tourists to the country. 1,386,978 Europeans visited South Africa as did 326,643 tourists from the United States.16.2 percent more Australians visited South Africa last year over 2011.“This phenomenal tourism growth is evidence that we are successfully setting ourselves apart in a competitive marketplace,” President Zuma said. Cape Minstrels, Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town. Image: South Africa Tourism Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A.last_img read more