Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the drought in the Southeast (which is real enough) and the way the feds, specifically the Army Corps of Engineers, have made the situation worse for mere human beings in the greater Atlanta area. See, Lake Lanier, huge as it is, is an artificial lake, created by a dam built in 1956. The Army Corps runs it, and it is steadily releasing water to make sure there's enough for an endangered mussel downstream. Worse, last year it improperly calibrated its measuring devices and released 22 billion -- with a b -- more gallons than it would have if its measurements had been correct. It has refused to compensate for that mistake.
The lake provides drinking water for much of greater Atlanta, but it could be effectively dried up in a couple of months. There may be negotiations in Washington tomorrow -- by law the governors of Alabama and Florida get a say because of where the river runs. Hope they keep human needs in mind.