On May 9, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama granted summary judgment for defendant Alabama Power Co. in a case questioning whether the company was working within its riparian rights when operating its hydropower plant. The court found that since the company was following its 1957 and 2010 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses as well as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations, the Smith Dam was not violating riparian rights of citizens owning land behind the dam. Plaintiffs filed the suit over the release of water by the plant in operations which lowered the level of the reservoir.