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Lake Lanier Association updates

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The voice of the Lake Lanier Association continues to advocate for the lake and its members.

Recently, the Corps of Engineers announced that it would allow the use of security cameras on Lake Lanier.  “The Lake Lanier Association membership was overwhelmingly in favor of lifting this prohibition,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the association. “Special thank you to Congressman Rob Woodall for his involvement in getting this policy reviewed.”
 
A message about the drought 
In early August, the association issued a news release requesting that the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources “use all available tools to restore and keep Lake Lanier at its full pool level.”
 
The association pointed out that the lake has not been at full pool since the spring of 2016 and it continued to drop during the normal winter recharge season when the lake level normally increases. The Corps cut back on releases because of increased rainfall south of Atlanta, but since mid-summer the levels have been dropping.
 
“The association believes that hope is not a strategy,” Cloud said. “We urge all agencies to adopt a strategy of keeping Lake Lanier as full as possible at all times due to the critical dependency on the lake for metro Atlanta water supply and downstream water requirements. Coming out of a drought is not a smooth process. When water supplies are marginal, every effort should be made to sustain them through the period of uncertainty.”
 
One of the solutions the association recommends is for the EPD to keep the drought level at Level 2, which requires more restrictions in water usage. “By reducing the Drought Level from a Level 2, the signal would be sent to all water users, including residential and commercial, that there is no more need to conserve water while just the opposite is the case,” she said. “While the drought might be officially over, the impact of the drought is not. The association believes that decisions should made that retain all available tools to conserve Lake Lanier levels for water supply purposes for all of Metro Atlanta.”

At the August membership social of the Lake Lanier Association, former President Val Perry was honored by Sen. Butch Miller for his ongoing contributions to the association and the state. Miller presented Perry with a State Senate Resolution and a Gubernatorial Proclamation commending Perry on more than 20 years of service to the Lake Lanier community.
 
For more info about the association, visit www.lakelanier.org.
  
Posted online 8/30/17
 
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