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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

February 12, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A state senator is urging congress to dam up more Georgia rivers to increase the Water supply.

That doesn't sit well with some south Georgians.

Senator Chip Pearson, a republican from Dawsonville, Introduced a resolution urging congress to build more reservoirs in north Georgia.

That could mean dams upstream on the Flint River.

The Flint River keepers say that would hurt our area in an effort to help metro Atlanta.

"There are legislators who are saying we want to build another reservoir above Lake Lanier to stall water, so we can release it into Lake Lanier, does that make good sense? I wonder how much environmental education they've been through if any," said Paul DeLoach, Flint River keeper Board Chair.

Metro Atlanta relies on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River for 75 percent of its water.

Senator Pearson contends the reservoirs will ensure adequate water supply for the more than five million people who live there.

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