Lake Lanier

GEORGIA


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5/24/2017
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Plan shows 44 miles of possible bike trails

Times-Herald

Date: 5/21/2017 1:38:00 AM

The west platform area is flatter and will have trails for beginners to intermediate riders. Those trails will provide the only views of the Chattahoochee River. The north platform area will have a backcountry feel and also be fairly forgiving, Doane said

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Small Fry to Go: Flagler students operate fish hatchery

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Date: 5/17/2017 9:25:00 AM

“We actually got eggs, and we saw them hatch and we watched them grow. Then we released them into the Chattahoochee River in Georgia.” This spring, they’re raising a different species: striped bass. These hybrids, the same as those released annually

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Three big events to crowd into downtown Columbus the first weekend in June

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 5/16/2017 3:37:00 PM

1100 block of Broadway from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 2. Bay Avenue between 11th Street and the Chattahoochee River Club from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. While Broadway will be closed in two different blocks on Friday, the cross

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Digging for answers: History buff searching for Trail of Tears site

tribuneledgernews.com

Date: 5/15/2017 8:16:00 AM

“There were Cherokee all through this area because this was their nation,” he said. “From the Chattahoochee River all the way to Alabama was their country.” He said the long-lost fort serves as a symbol of loss for the Cherokee who were displaced

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Gainesville Planning Board: Requests for helipad, gas station denied, but soccer fields approved

accesswdun.com

Date: 5/13/2017 1:17:00 PM

Attorney Rustin Smith agreed with Walters. Smith represented Martin Pecora, owner and president of Cadillac of Lake Lanier, the auto dealership directly across Browns Bridge Road from Carriage Nissan. Smith said, “This helicopter is already causing a lot

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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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