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Georgia Drought Intensifies in 30 Counties

May 21, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) -- After one of the driest springs in recent history, Georgia farmers, environmental officials and local authorities face some tough decisions about using water.The lingering drought is now categorized as "extreme" in more than 30 counties. It has already led state authorities to limit outdoor water use to only a few days each week. If it intensifies, state officials could soon decide whether to limit most outdoor water usage to one weekend day or even ban it altogether.Farmers are also facing their own tough decision: Whether planting some crops is even worth the hassle. Staples such as corn are particularly suffering. And peanut farmers, who typically plant the seeds in May, are holding off for now.
After a dry fall and winter, the state Environmental Protection Division decided in April to declare a "level two" drought, which triggered statewide restrictions.

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