Lake Lanier

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1,067.58 FEET
6/30/2016
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Next phase to begin on city reservoir at Bellwood Quarry

Atlanta INtown

Date: 6/28/2016 2:44:00 PM

In September, the tunnel boring machine will start its five-mile journey to the Chattahoochee River, linking the river, the Hemphill and Chattahoochee Water Treatment Plants to a new 2.4 billion gallon water storage facility at the quarry. In March 2016

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Hall to join with Forsyth, Lake Lanier Assn. to remove abandonded docks, boats

accesswdun.com

Date: 6/23/2016 5:52:00 PM

GAINESVILLE – Hall County commissioners agreed Thursday evening to support efforts by the Lake Lanier Association to clean up abandoned boats and boat docks that litter the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Commissioners agreed to “test the water” for the

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8 inventive ways to enjoy the summer with an Atlanta teen

Access Atlanta

Date: 6/23/2016 1:00:00 AM

Paddle faster: Take a recreational kayak class from the Georgia Canoeing Association on July 10. This one's at Johnson Ferry at the Chattahoochee River but will open up a whole world of paddling along the metro area's rivers and lakes--and isn't that the

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Who Owns These Abandoned Boat Docks?

LakeLanier

Date: 6/22/2016 2:13:00 PM

Super sleuth Joanna Cloud — known to most of us as the mild-mannered executive director of the Lake Lanier Association — has another mystery or two she is trying to solve. It’s the case of the Abandoned Boat Docks! Two renegade boat docks have been

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson, Perdue fighting water war language in spending bill

jacksonprogress-argus.com

Date: 6/20/2016 3:02:00 PM

The three states are currently in the middle of litigating rights to water that originates in Georgia, including the Chattahoochee River. “This is absolutely the wrong way to resolve disputes among our states, and Georgia has been working in good faith

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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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