Drought Raises Worries of Return to Summer of 2007
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Memories of 2007 are starting to surface as Georgia water levels drop.
Five years ago, Georgia was in a water crisis, one that lingered until heavy rains came in 2009, lifting spirits and lakeside docks that long had sat dry as the water's edge receded.
Lakes and aquifers refilled. "Lanier got full. West Point got full. Eufaula got full," recalled Roger Martin, executive director of the nonprofit Chattahoochee Riverwarden environmental group.
Strict water conservation measures were lifted. Lake recreation revived.
Then came 2010. "In late 2010, early 2011, La Nina set up in the Pacific," Martin said of the ocean cooling that alters U.S. weather patterns. "And when La Nina sets up, usually it means we're headed for a drought."