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Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

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Atlanta's sewer system has been under federal oversight for nearly 20 years. Now, an independent office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking at how well Atlanta has complied with its agreements to clean up water pollution and how well the EPA has overseen it.

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U.S. Congressman John Lewis wrote to the EPA Office of Inspector General asking for a review earlier this year.

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There’s snow in the forecast, but most of Georgia is still in a drought. Thanks to the rain over the past few weeks, there are now no Georgia counties experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which are the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale.

Still, there are actually water use restrictions in place for all of metro Atlanta. But those rules are being followed unevenly.

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It's December and temperatures are dropping, but state and local officials say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature and Jack Frost have in store this winter.

No snow is expected in north Georgia this weekend, but the Georgia Department of Transportation is fully stocked in case some of the white stuff – or even worse, ice – appears sometime over the next few months.

“[We have] just over 50,000 tons of salt, just over 65,000 tons of gravel, 385 snow removal equipment units, throughout the state and we are at capacity on brine,” said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.

Frigid Weather To Descend Upon Georgia This Week

Dec 8, 2016
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Georgians may want to make sure they've got warm jackets and blankets within reach.

Frigid weather is coming to Georgia this week thanks to an Arctic-type air mass flying south from Canada.

“The next couple of days we’re looking at mid-20’s approximately for lows roughly and then the lower 40’s for highs," said Brian Lynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

According to the NWS, those temps are 10 to 15 degrees below what is normal in Georgia for this time of year.

A sunken boat is exposed by receding water levels on Lake Lanier. Rainfall is expected Monday night, but water restrictions are expected to stay in place through the winter months.
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After more than 42 days of no rain in metro Atlanta, scattered showers are expected Monday evening, with steadier rain overnight.

In Cobb County, the rain will be “the first rain in Cobb in 67 days, a record since record keeping began in the 1880s,” according to Kathy Nguyen, the county’s water department’s senior project manager.  

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