The Corps is not, however, obligated to grant the Authority’s request for more water, merely to respond.
The judge sided with the Army Corps on two other claims included in the lawsuit, leaving in place the agency’s water control manual for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river basin.
Glenn Page, the Authority’s general manager, welcomed the decision, but noted that not only could the Corps reject the proposed increase, but two pending lawsuits by the state of Alabama and the Alabama Power Company could affect any decision rendered.
“My experience in these cases is that it’s hard to ever see an end,” he said. “There’s going to be a twist that affects something else.”
The Authority has another suit pending against the Corps over how it allocates water.
All these lawsuits are separate from the case currently before the Supreme Court in which Florida sued Georgia over its share of water flowing through the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin.
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