Your morning jolt: State wants reduced flow from Lake Lanier

Water levels at Lake Lanier have dropped at a rate of about a foot a week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers steps up water releases to keep stream levels up in a drought. Vino Wong vwong@ajc.com

Water levels at Lake Lanier have dropped at a rate of about a foot a week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers steps up water releases to keep stream levels up in a drought. Vino Wong vwong@ajc.com

Three years ago, drought exacerbated Georgia’s fight with Florida and Alabama over water. We may be headed that way again.

The Gainesville Times has unearthed a Nov. 7 letter from Allen Barnes, the director of the state’s Environmental Protection Division, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking it to reduce the amount of water released from Lake Lanier through March:

The amount is 100 cubic feet below the target flow meant to dilute the treated wastewater coming from Atlanta and ensure the viability of wildlife in the Chattahoochee River near Peachtree Creek.

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It’s very possible that the more the GOP contest for president narrows to a fight between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, the less likely it is that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul becomes a leverage point for Republicans.

The Washington Post this morning reports that the Center for Health Transformation, a think tank established by Newt Gingrich eight years ago, has collected $37 million by offering major health care companies special access to the former U.S. House speaker.

The article also includes this:

The health center advocated, among other things, requiring that “anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond,” a type of insurance mandate that has since become anathema to conservatives.

The group also pushed proposals to build centralized electronic medical records and use such data to research treatment effectiveness, both central features of President Obama’s health-care reforms.

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Newt Gingrich’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential polls has renewed talk of many of the vulnerabilities of the former U.S. House speaker, including his appeal among evangelicals.

Over at National Review, Katrina Trinko quotes GOP strategist Ralph Reed as saying that Gingrich has conceded his past moral failings to the point that it no longer matters among voters.

But Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, says Gingrich continues to have a problem with evangelical women – who may forgive, but don’t forget:

Land thinks Gingrich should “find a pro-family venue” and deliver a speech akin to John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech on Catholicism.

“He needs to make the speech of his life, and in his mind, his target has got to be 40- to 60-year-old evangelical women,” Land advises. “And he’s got to convince them that he’s sorry, he regrets it, he would do anything he could to undo the pain and the hurt that he’s caused, he understands the pain and the hurt that he’s caused, and he has learned his lesson. That he has thrown himself on the grace of Jesus, and that if they elect him president, he will not let them down — that there will be no moral scandal in a Gingrich White House.”

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U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is still grieving over last Sunday’s loss by the Atlanta Falcons to the New Orleans Saints in overtime. You can tell, because it came up during his grilling of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. From Politico.com:

During Thursday’s hearing on Solyndra’s $535 million loan guarantee, Gingrey recounted how Falcons coach Mike Smith gambled last Sunday during overtime on a fourth-and-inches play deep in his own territory against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints….

“He takes a chance and makes what I think is a ridiculous decision, but it wasn’t against the law,” Gingrey said of Smith’s call, making the connection to the Energy Department’s decision to change the terms of Solyndra’s loan guarantee so that private investors would get paid back before the government in the event the company went bankrupt.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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41 comments Add your comment

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
10:03 am

First thing we need in this state is another Pray for Rain!

Then we need to remind Newt that…

Divorce is a CHOICE!

God created Adam and Eve…NOT…Adam and Eve, then Adam and Cathy, then Adam and Jenny!

It’s “Until death do us part!”…NOT…”Until the next hot chick.”

Divorce will one day lead to human+animal marriage and of course human+animal divorce!

Jesus said God forbids divorce, it’s in the Bible.

Divorce is a CHOICE!

Romegaguy

November 18th, 2011
10:13 am

DannyX,

I think the penalty for divorce (according to the bible) is stoning. Have at it.

Chris

November 18th, 2011
10:15 am

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Danny O

November 18th, 2011
10:20 am

Before the Affordable Care Act was introduced and got moving in Congress, Gingrich’s organization argued that by requiring people to purchase health insurance, healthcare costs would drop. This is because the consumer would directly feel the effects of their healthcare and lifestyle choices on their wallet, and thereby force them to act as a market participant rather than a beneficiary of healthcare that is paid for by someone else.

I think there would be a lot less cynicism among voters if ambitious politicians were working on policy and solutions rather than power and mud-slinging. Yes, both sides of the spectrum are guilty. But right now Republicans are attacking the President for concepts that they have supported in the past, all in the name of politics. I don’t care what party you come from, if you have sound ideas on how to put people to work, I’ll support you. Instead of focusing on the economy, most Republicans seem to only care about the election.

Bootnewt

November 18th, 2011
10:21 am

Puffy, Bully, Gasbag Newt will deflate sooner or later…for the GOP’s sake, it better be sooner.

Charles

November 18th, 2011
10:29 am

Danny X

I agree with you on most things, but the divorce thing you’re wrong. The Bible does not forbid divorce. In fact it gives very specific reason why a person can divorce. Example if a spouse cheats as explained in Matt. 17:9. The Bible does however say that God hates divorce.

With that being said, I don’t think Newt’s problem is the divorces (Ronald Reagan was divorced). The problem is Newt’s MULTIPLE divorces and the fact that he was fooling around prior to both of them. Given his track record I don’t know how he can make people believe that it won’t happen again. In fact if you ask me, that account at Tiffany is insurance for his current wife. He can cheat on her and leave if he wants, but she’ll be dripping in jewels before he does. She already got the new look that would possibly make her attractive to a younger, richer man in the future.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
10:38 am

I think the penalty for divorce (according to the bible) is stoning. Have at it.

Not really, Jesus said divorce is permitted. Divorcing your sick wife so you can marry your mistress….not so much.

Frankly, I’d be fine with sincere repentance on Newt’s part. That would mean discontinuing his adulterous relationship with his current non-biblical wife and either returning to his ex-wife, or living in celibacy. The odds of that happening (or any religious leader pointing this out) are about the same as Nathan Deal’s staff not including any relatives.

When you say, “I’m sorry, what I did was a mistake” yet don’t change your actions, it’s just hot air. Newt has a lot of that. Right wingers swallow it like Michelle Bachmann going after a corndog.

sheepdawg

November 18th, 2011
10:42 am

Puffy, Bully, Gasbag Newt will deflate sooner or later…for the GOP’s sake, it better be sooner.

For our nation’s sake, I hope he’s their nominee – better for our side!! Says a lot for the intelligence level of GOP followers that this piece is their best candidant.

Centrist

November 18th, 2011
10:46 am

Mr. Jim Galloway’s hope that unpopular Obamacare will not be a campaign issue has no chance. ALL of the Republican contenders are opposed to most of it – some ALL of it. The Supreme Court may knock out parts of it by next July. Even many Democrats are having “buyers remorse”, so it will likely be radically changed.

Mark

November 18th, 2011
11:02 am

Road Scholar

November 18th, 2011
11:07 am

Why are we releasing so much water? Look at the Chattahoochee…it’s filled up to the top of the banks!

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
11:28 am

Centrist,again you are making things up, from a Gallup poll released last week,

47% want Obamacare repealed
42% don’t want Obamacare repealed

Listing to Republicans like Centrist you would think the gap would be 99% in favor of repeal.

64% of all Democrats don’t want it repealed, 21% do. No “buyers remorse” there.

Independents want it repealed 48% to 43%

That poll also showed that 50% vs 46% think the government has the responsibility to make sure everyone has healthcare insurance.

double

November 18th, 2011
11:41 am

Georgia should make serious efforts to gain access to TN.river.The politics appear favorable.

Centrist

November 18th, 2011
11:53 am

“Repealed” is very different than altered. And nobody has felt the cost and rationing effects yet. It WILL be radically altered regardless, and WILL be a campaign issue.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
11:53 am

Georgia should make serious efforts to gain access to TN.river.

Yes, because in America, removing your snout from the trough is not an option, and finding a BIGGER trough is even better!

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 18th, 2011
11:58 am

double

November 18th, 2011
11:41 am

Georgia should make serious efforts to gain access to TN.river.The politics appear favorable.

Hardly.

Jackets '10

November 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

We should have been building multiple resevoirs a decade ago in anticipation of a water shortage today. That or have a much more strict water use policy and more efficient appliances as the standard.

John Ellison

November 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

Has Atlanta completed the alternative reservoirs that will solve the water shortage problem?

Sean Smith

November 18th, 2011
12:10 pm

So the republicans are rabidly anti gay marriage to protect the sanctity of marriage, yet there going to nominate a SERIAL adulterer and multiple divorcee???? WTF you cant have it both ways repubs.

Jackets '10

November 18th, 2011
12:14 pm

@Sean Smith: The sanctity of marriage argument went right out the window when christians were divorcing their spouses at near the same rate as non-church goers. This is coming from a believer.. btw.

DannyX

November 18th, 2011
12:18 pm

The state of Georgia is all about promoting business, they could care less about the people.

There is an all out blitz from state officials to secure $600 million to deepen the Savannah port. At the same time there has been virtually no effort to deepen our reservoirs.

KC

November 18th, 2011
12:19 pm

Danny X,
Pray for rain? Are you kidding? We need a leader who is not handicapped by superstitions and who prays to mythological characters that don’t exist. Religion is opium for weak minds. Unfortunately, the GOP candidates have succumbed to public pressure and drank the cool-aid. If you want to pray five times a day and want to live in the ancient world then move to the Middle East.

Big Hat

November 18th, 2011
12:24 pm

God created Adam and Eve…NOT…Adam and Steve….WRONG…it’s Stephen, not Steve.

Sean

November 18th, 2011
12:25 pm

double

November 18th, 2011
12:32 pm

AG are you saying we should use less water?Deny FL & AL.water.Sorry I don’t understand your comment.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
12:33 pm

Pray for rain? Are you kidding?

Yes, he was kidding. It’s called sarcasm.

double

November 18th, 2011
12:38 pm

Deal and the pugs will build reservoirs when they finish buying properties and rights to the selected sites.Dealing with TN. for some access would not afford these opportunities for massive profits.Sonny knows.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
12:39 pm

AG are you saying we should use less water?

Yes. Would you like a fainting couch to recover from this horrible un-American idea? I wouldn’t want you to wreck your gas-guzzling DrillBabyDrill (Palin Edition) SUV.

double

November 18th, 2011
12:49 pm

I can understand your screen name,You are a water conservative.

double

November 18th, 2011
12:55 pm

There is enough water for these crapping geese,now looking at 100 or more.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

You are a water conservative.

Yeah, the debate is certainly more personal for the gilled.
:)

Just Nasty & Mean

November 18th, 2011
1:02 pm

I have yet to understand how rain falling in N. Georgia suddenly belongs to downstream uncompromising states. GET YOUR OWN DAMN RAIN! We would consider SELLING you some of ours at a reasonable price.

Otherwise…shut your cake hole.

double

November 18th, 2011
1:16 pm

AG if you be gilled.Are you a sukah,catfish,or piranha?

double

November 18th, 2011
1:18 pm

Just M&N If you would like to know who the water belongs too.Ask TVA they will tell you.

Aquagirl

November 18th, 2011
1:37 pm

if you be gilled.Are you a sukah,catfish,or piranha?

My gills are way cuter than that.

http://www.fupenguin.com/2009/03/no.html

A dad

November 18th, 2011
1:49 pm

KC – being able to detect Danny’s sarcasm is the sign of a weak mind. As for references to the Bible, God, Jesus, divorce, etc., I have a nice pile of stones sitting here next to me. Who’s first? Hate to say this, but given the current state of this country, I’d probably vote for Cheney or Pelosi if they had a doggone good plan to get us back on our feet again. My soluition to instantly solve the DC-dilemna? This upcoming election, vote every singel incumbent out of office. It’s the only way our elected “representatives” will see that while the lobbyists, special interests, etc., essentially own them, they serve in their work at our whim, and no amount of $1,000 a plate dinners can counter a populace determined to demand competent government.

KC

November 18th, 2011
3:16 pm

A pile of stones? If you target God you also get Jesus as they are supposed to be one and the same.

honested

November 18th, 2011
4:45 pm

To Aqua Girl’s point

YES WE SHOULD USE LESS WATER.
Three years ago we had a reasonable piece of legislation to allow citizens to use native DROUGHT TOLERANT plants for landscaping and to allow such use to supercede the rules of neighborhood associations. The bill had been introduced by a conservative republican who understood the definition of CONSERVE and the requirement of environmental stewardship in so doing. Turf grass growers went ballistic and bought the bill off.

The moral, we may not have enough water, but we sure will have enough grass!

If we don’t have better sense than to control waste of a resource to which we are all permanently addicted, then we deserve the eventual and obvious consequence that will follow.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 18th, 2011
8:56 pm

As long as politicians only pander to non-issues like gays and abortion, they’ll continue to ignore other actual real problems, like access to water for the growing metro area.

On the other hand, maybe it’s best that Georgia dried up and died. For the rest of the country, it would be a net gain.

Kiameshia

November 18th, 2011
9:00 pm

This past summer hardly a weekend passed without one or more drownings in Lake Lanier. So look on the bright side, if we keep draining the lake it’ll eventually be shallow enough that Mini Me can stand in the middle with his head above water.

deegee

November 19th, 2011
9:56 am

I don’t see any point in throwing millions of gallons of treated, potable water on a lawn but that’s what we Americans do. There are drought resilient strains of landscape grass that will weather the summer. The lawn doesn’t have to be pretty and green all year long. It will come back when the weather cools off and it gets some rain water.