The US Army Corps of Engineers, not often known for swift action, seems suddenly to have sprouted winged feet. Unfortunately for the Atlanta metropolitan area, the Corps’ new-found efficiency appears designed to stab the area in the back. In a decision announced shortly before Thanksgiving, the lieutenant colonel heading the Corps’ Mobile District, which oversees the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin, decided to kowtow to the federal judge whose July 17th order threatens to shut off Lake Lanier as a source of water for most of the greater Atlanta area in three years.
The Army suddenly has decided that its previously-announced revisions to the applicable Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which process had been ongoing for nearly two years already, must now be quickly revised to accommodate the federal judge’s draconian ruling. The Corps also decided that its Master Water Control Manual for the ACF Basin, which it had not in the past viewed as an urgent