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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.
David Goldman / Associated Press

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.  

Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has declared a drought in North Georgia, including the Atlanta area.

Friday morning, the agency announced a Level 1 drought in 53 counties. It requires a public information campaign on conservation, but no water use restrictions.

“Water utilities have already taken action to insure that water supplies are generally good, and practicing effective water conservation will help provide sufficient supplies through the coming months if dry conditions persist,” EPD Director Richard Dunn said in a statement.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Last week, Tropical Storm Hermine gave South and Central Georgia a good soaking. But all that rain didn't alleviate the situation around Atlanta.

The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows Georgia as a kind of a "tale of two states" said Jordan McLeod, regional climatologist at the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Plant Scherer in operation at Juliette, Ga.
Gene Blythe / Associated Press

Georgia Power has found evidence that chemicals have leaked into groundwater at three of its coal-fired power plants. The utility found arsenic at plants near Rome and on the Savannah River, and it found beryllium and selenium at a plant near Newnan.

A concrete pipe below this coal ash impoundment failed, releasing between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of ash pond water waste into the Dan River.
Steven Alexander / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is considering tightening rules on how utilities store coal ash, a byproduct from burning coal for electricity. The ash can contain toxic materials like arsenic and mercury, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced rules on storing it in late 2014, after disasters in other states.

Alison Guillory / WABE

One of Georgia’s most notorious air monitoring stations is on top of Fire Station Number 8 in northwest Atlanta. It's notorious because it consistently ranks among the worst in the state in levels of air pollution.    

“Those in EPD who are familiar with air quality issues are very familiar with this monitor,” said Rich McDonald, with the Environmental Protection Division.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Regulatory Division

Monday is the last day the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments from the public on a controversial reservoir proposed in Hall County.

The county has been working for decades to build Glades Reservoir, but the director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division, Judson Turner, recently said he doesn't think the project is necessary for water supply.

Gene Blythe / Associated Press

A bill proposed in the Georgia Senate seeks to exempt the state from the Obama administration’s major climate change rule. It’s the latest in the state’s varied responses to the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan, finalized last year, requires states to cut greenhouse gas emissions by closing coal-fired power plants. Each state has an assigned goal for emissions reductions and is supposed to devise its own way of achieving it.

In this July 10, 2007 file photos, the coal-fired Plant Scherer is in operation at Juliette, Ga.
Gene Blythe, File / Associated Press

In Georgia, the rubber is starting to meet the road on the Clean Power Plan, the federal rule that requires states to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by closing coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the rule in August, after reviewing millions of public comments. Under the plan, the EPA tells each state how much it has to reduce its carbon emissions, but it’s up to the states themselves to work out a plan to do it.

In this July 10, 2007 file photos, the coal-fired Plant Scherer is in operation at Juliette, Ga.
Gene Blythe, File / Associated Press

Georgia is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. No, not over the recently-finalized Clean Power Plan, at least not yet.

The state is suing the EPA over another new rule, known variously as Waters of the USA or the Clean Water Rule, but that’s not what this lawsuit is about, either.