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Lake Lanier search for missing woman suspended due to darkness

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Date: 5/23/2016 9:03:00 PM

The search on Lake Lanier for a missing person has been temporarily suspended, with authorities finding no results in their hunt for a woman last seen late Wednesday night in the area of Lanier Point Park. Crews have been searching both the water and the

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Memorial Day Weekend at LanierWorld

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Date: 5/23/2016 2:24:00 PM

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA. Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at RJSutherland@hotmail.com

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Georgia Ensemble & Nature Center to Present ALMOST HEAVEN This Summer

Broadway World

Date: 5/23/2016 2:18:00 PM

The production was brought back in a concert format last summer in a special partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a highly successful run outdoors along the beauty of the Chattahoochee River. Under the direction of GET Artistic Director

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Lake Lanier Olympic Park

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Date: 5/23/2016 12:54:00 PM

Lake Lanier Olympic Park is the new name selected by the Gainesville Hall ’96 Roundtable for the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, which was called the Lanier Rowing Venue before that. This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic

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One Tank Wandering: Take a hike!

La Grange Daily News

Date: 5/22/2016 2:41:00 PM

A grass- and moss-lined sandy trail winds along the banks of the Chattahoochee River at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The nonprofit organization Leave No Trace offers simple guidelines for protecting our natural resources while enjoying them through

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 540 Miles
• Surface Area: 38,542 Acres
• Volume: 1,917,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,040 Square Miles
• Length: 44 Miles
Lake Sidney Lanier, often referred to as Lake Lanier, is a reservoir in the northern portion of Georgia. Lake Lanier was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River. It was named for poet Sidney Lanier, and was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is patrolled by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The lake is in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties, split about 60%, 30%, 5%, 4%, and 1% respectively, filling the valley into numerous small arms and fingers. The former thalweg of the Chestatee and the Chattahoochee south of it form the county line between Hall and a tiny corner of Gwinnett to the east, and Dawson and Forsyth to the west.

One of the main purposes of the lake is flood control downstream of the lake, mainly protecting metro Atlanta. There have only been three major flooding events on the downstream section since the construction of Buford Dam. The most recent flooding event was in 2013.

The lake's original lake and authorized purposes were to provide hydroelectricity, navigation, flood control and water supply for Atlanta.

Lake Lanier began filling in 1956, and in 1957, 20 miles downstream, Morgan Falls Dam was raised to regulate the flow from Buford Dam to give Atlanta water during the hours it was needed most. The foresight of the entire project was confirmed in early fall of 1958 during two solid months of drought which would have left the Chattahoochee and its tributaries nearly dry, if not for the Buford Dam.

Since the 1990s, the Corps of Engineers, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have all been fighting for use of the water held in Lake Lanier. Federal law mandates that when a river flows between two or more states, each state has a right to an equal share of the water. Additionally, other laws such as the Endangered Species Act require that water be available for threatened or endangered species that live in or around Chattahoochee River and Apalachicola Bay.

Lake Lanier is particularly known for its boaters, houseboats, jetskiers and there is also a local water park, The Lake Lanier Islands waterpark. The 1996 Summer Olympics rowing and sprint canoeing events were held at the lake. It also hosted the canoe sprint World Championships in 2003 at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

Every year from mid-November through December, Lake Lanier Islands are decorated with holiday lights, know as the Magical Nights of Lights, one of the world's largest light shows.
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