Governor Bob Riley has declared war with the Army Corps of Engineers over the Lake Martin Water level.
Apparently he is sick of seeing this drought affect Lake Martin’s water level drastically, while reservoirs that are upstream (read: in Georgia) haven’t felt the hurt like we have. The Army Corps of Engineers regulate the flow on most if not all of these dams. Riley contends that they need to release more water in Georgia to help Alabama.
Price Prince, the general manager for Central Elmore (County) Water Authority joins Riley in his concerns. The company’s water intake valve is at 474 feet on the Martin dam. Any lake level below that spells trouble.
In response, the Corps has responded to say that they will increase water flow into the Tallapoosa / Coosa system and also reduce the required flow going out. Hopefully this will abate the drop in the Lake Martin water level.
I guess that just goes to show you what a country boy can accomplish when he gets mad. Guv can put the top back on that can of Clay County Whup A**. I applaud the Governor’s passion and action.
I looked and looked for an online video of the Guv’s call to arms. I saw it on the news the other night, and it was a classic Alabama rant. There he was, up in the grill of the cameraman, tie loosened and sleeves rolled up, spitting and fuming. Well, it worked! Good for him.
Every time I see the Guv at a public event, he has the tie loose and the sleeves rolled up. It makes me wonder, if he ever did get in an actual fight, would he tighten up the tie and roll his sleeves down? Just wondering. Kudos to Riley.