Lake Lanier

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1,066.07 FEET
8/27/2016
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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EPA launches federal investigation into Smyrna creek spill

WSB-TV Atlanta

Date: 8/25/2016 4:13:00 PM

Late Thursday afternoon, Diamant obtained the results of the latest downstream water samples taken Wednesday by the Chattahoochee River Keeper. They show naphthalene levels at just 16 parts per billion, well below the low 30's level EPD considers safe

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A click for convenience: Grocers begin rolling out online shopping, in-person pickup

Gainesville Times

Date: 8/20/2016 11:15:00 PM

The closest CVS stores with the service are on Hamilton Mill Road and Buford Highway in Buford, Ga. 53 East in Dawsonville and four stores in Cumming. Purchases available through CVS Curbside Pickup where it is available include “all front store and over

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Governors work toward resolution of water war

Times-Herald

Date: 8/20/2016 3:54:00 AM

When the city of Atlanta was regularly dumping untreated sewage into the Chattahoochee River, Coweta and Newnan were foursquare against it. And we still have an interest in keeping the river clean and the flow adequate, not just because of aesthetics along

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Lake Lanier drownings include lifeguard, college athlete, firefighter

CBS Atlanta

Date: 8/19/2016 5:14:00 PM

Lake Lanier is close to setting some new records and it's nothing to brag about. If you're headed there this weekend, consider these statistics: So far in 2016, we've had 12 deaths on the lake, and the average number is 6, and the summer's not over

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5 ideas for getting away on Labor Day weekend

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 8/19/2016 9:21:00 AM

That’s due in large part to its 1,500 unspoiled acres (a conservancy has worked with the Trust for Public Lands and the Upper Chattahoochee River Keepers to protect the area), where a historic interpretive center tells the story of this bucolic spot

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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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