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Corps to increase releases Wednesday

POSTED: April 30, 2013 12:54 a.m.

Today’s the last day of reduced water releases from Lake Lanier, barring a last-minute move from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District.

At the request of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the corps has reduced water quality releases from Lake Lanier at Buford Dam from 750 cubic feet per second to 650 cfs since late December.

The reduced releases are set to end Wednesday.

DNR, which had sought the reduction to conserve as much storage as possible in Lake Lanier, chose not to extend the deadline, citing a full lake and heavy rains so far this year.

According to National Weather Service data, Gainesville had received 24.83 inches of rain this year as of Monday evening, and the normal year-to-date rainfall amount through Monday was 19 inches, a surplus of 5.83 inches.

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