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Rockin’ to preserve Lake Lanier’s island shorelines

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
This spring, the Lake Lanier Association reached another milestone in its Islands Rip Rap/Shoreline Erosion project. Over the past 18 months, the organization has completed shoreline rip rap on an additional seven islands, including Three Sisters near the main channel. 
 
“With the completion of this major project, we have now completed a dozen islands since this initiative began,” said Jennifer Flowers, executive director of the Lake Lanier Association. “With all of the rain and high water, in addition to the wave action from increased boating activity, many of these islands were eroding into the lake. Our goal is to protect them and to help reduce siltation.”
 
As with many of the association’s projects, the group depends on business partnerships. Marine Specialties Inc. is often involved in the group’s initiatives.
 
“We have supported the Lake Lanier Association in many of its endeavors,” said David Bahn with Marine Specialties in Gainesville. “From helping with Shore Sweep and working on the abandoned vessels and derelict docks to this worthwhile preservation of the lake’s islands, we strongly believe in the work the association is doing and are proud to be of assistance.
 
“MSI is committed to helping with projects at Lake Lanier to help reduce erosion and siltation and maintain the lake’s water quality,” Bahn said. “We work here and live here and we want to continue to be good environmental stewards of this popular and vital natural resource.” 
 
Other contractors for the Shoreline Erosion Project included Vulcan Rock, Grizzle Trucking, Boat Dock Works and H&M Trucking. 
 
Funding has come from public and private sources, including SPLOST funds from area governments, plus Gwinnett County Department. of Water Resources, Hall County, the Bagwell Family Foundation, the City of Gainesville Department of Water Resources, the City of Cumming Utilities, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers. Fieldale Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry Companies, and Sunrise Cove Marina have also made special contributions.
 
For this most recent installation on the seven islands, more than a mile of rip rap has been installed, the equivalent of more than 6,100 linear feet. Four islands near Old Federal Park and the three Three Sisters Islands completed this second stage. More than 9,600 tons or 19.2 million pounds of stone was used to armor these seven islands.
 
Since the inception of the Shoreline Erosion Project in 2014, the association has protected the shorelines of 12 islands and just under two miles of shoreline.
 
“This project is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished for the lake through joint partnerships, “said Rich York, LLA board member and manager of the Islands Rip Rap program.

“Each funding partner could not afford to complete this work alone. However, together we were able to protect these islands from disappearing completely.”


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