US Army Corps won't change Lake Hartwell levels

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's
not changing how much water flows out of Lake Hartwell, at least
for now.

The Corps said Thursday it made the decision after listening to
public comments and advice from other agencies on the environmental
impact of a proposed reduction to water levels of the lake on the
South Carolina-Georgia state line.

Officials had said the plans to reduce levels of water flowing
out of the lake would allow the Corps to manage the lakes more
effectively during times of drought.

The Corps said many residents near the lake said they supported
the reduction. But some natural resource agencies including the

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the reduction could be dangerous
to wildlife downstream from the lake.
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