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Above the Waterline: Climate change conference focuses on the Chattahoochee, solutions

Atlanta INtown

Date: 9/1/2017 12:22:00 PM

White County residents Jeff Threlkeld and Ray Kahn say the Chattahoochee River is lower than four decades ago. (Photo by Hal Jacobs) Wildfires in Greenland. ‘Sunny day’ floods in Miami. Icebergs the size of small countries breaking from continents

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Florida tells U.S. Supreme Court capping Georgia's water use helps Apalachicola River

Politico

Date: 8/31/2017 8:54:00 AM

And the federal government, in a brief filed Aug. 7, said "truly effective" relief for Apalachicola oysters may require revising federal dam operations on the Chattahoochee River through formal agency action. Florida argues that the court special master

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Bill King: I missed the chance of a lifetime

Sand Mountain Reporter

Date: 8/25/2017 2:18:00 PM

They went to see the eclipse. We went to celebrate my daughter’s thirtieth birthday by tubing down the Chattahoochee River. She says you only turn thirty once. I know better because I’ve done it twice now. Ashley wanted to go to Helen, go tubing

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U.S. National Parks Spotlight Their 101st Anniversary With Marketing Campaign

childrenandnature.org

Date: 8/25/2017 6:58:00 AM

D.C. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Keri Hilson visits the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Georgia later this month. The campaign kicked off in April with Jordan Fisher, who’s in the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” touring Alexander

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Searching far and wide for blooming wildflowers

myajc.com

Date: 8/24/2017 9:10:00 PM

Our wildflower ventures began with a hike in the Johnson Ferry north unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Led by longtime park ranger and naturalist Jerry Hightower, our trek took us across a long meadow and through shady woods along

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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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