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Georgia seeks more public input on Standing Boy Creek State Park

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 2/27/2017 5:24:00 PM

The land is on the Lake Oliver reservoir of the Chattahoochee River. The DNR now is asking residents for additional comments. They can see the plan online at http://www.gastateparks.org and send comments to Director.GSPHS@dnr.state.ga.us

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10 Best Weekend Getaways in Georgia

tripstodiscover.com

Date: 2/27/2017 8:59:00 AM

Whether visitors choose to explore fascinating attractions such as the Civil War battlefields, visit the Georgian-German town of Helen or float on a tube down the Chattahoochee River, Georgia offers a range of activities that appeal to a variety of

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Date: 2/25/2017

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Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

JD Supra

Date: 2/24/2017 4:35:00 PM

One of the reservoirs in the ACF system is Lake Lanier, at the upper end of the Chattahoochee River. Approximately 65 percent of the Corps' usable storage is in this reservoir, which is a principal source of public water supply for the City of Atlanta

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Several Buckhead parks benefit from recent Park Pride grants

Reporter Newspapers

Date: 2/24/2017 4:29:00 PM

In Buckhead, Chattahoochee Now will install two benches at Standing Peachtree Park so that visitors can sit and enjoy the view of the Chattahoochee River. A new interpretive sign honoring the historic significance of the site and importance of the river

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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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