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Lake Lanier Association gearing up for 2019

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The Lake Lanier Association’s priorities for 2019 are already front and center. With a booth at the Atlanta Boat Show (Booth 254), the organization continues to support its mission: Full Lake. Clean Lake. Safe Lake. 
 
“One of our major educational initiatives this year is helping educate people about the 100-foot rule on Lake Lanier,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the group that’s been advocating for Lake Lanier since the early 1960s. “Many boaters simply aren’t aware of the rule, or they don’t really understand what it means. People coming to the boat show can see for themselves what this rule means with our interactive display. We realized that it can be difficult to judge just how far 100 feet on the water is.” 
 
Cloud said that the 100-foot rule, part of the Georgia Boating laws enforced by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, has several benefits. “For one, it’s an issue of personal safety,” she said. “When boats don’t slow down as they approach each other, they can create dangerous wakes. Also, boat skippers on the approaching boats may not be aware of what’s going on with the other boat and the water around it. There could be people in the water or other activities that warrant using caution.”
 
Reducing speeds, especially near the shoreline, can also help prevent shoreline erosion. “The action of waves erodes the shoreline and adds to the silt in the lake,” she said. “It’s just a good boating practice to slow down close to other boats, the shoreline and islands, as well as in the no-wake areas.” 
 
The 100-foot rule campaign includes a specially designed post card. “We truly appreciate Paul Perdue of Perdue Vision in Buford for donating the printing for our post cards,” she said.
 
The association will also provide information on its many programs, including the Abandoned Boats and Derelict Docks initiative, which works to identify owners and have these boats and docks removed from the lake. It recently completed the installation phase of the Solar Lights project that provides safety lights around the lake, bringing the total to 283. The organization will continue to monitor and provide maintenance for the lights. 
 
“The second phase of our Island Rip-Rap project began this month,” she said. “Tom Child and his crews from Marine Specialties Inc. have already begun installing rip-rap on the next four islands that we expect to complete within the next six months. When those are finished, we will have protected the shorelines of 10 islands from continued erosion.” 
 
Volunteers from the organization will man the booth during the show to speak about the group, its activities and membership/volunteer opportunities.
 
For more information about the Lake Lanier Association or to join, visit www.lakelanier.org.
 
Upcoming dates to note - LLA’s 2019 events include: 
• Annual meeting – Saturday, April 13, Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch
• 31st Annual Shore Sweep – Saturday, September 14, lakewide

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