Lake Lanier

GEORGIA


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1,061.01 FEET
2/24/2017
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Introducing Administrator Pruitt

EPA

Date: 2/22/2017

Last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th Administrator of EPA. Administrator Pruitt believes promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment is one of the lifeblood priorities of the government, and EPA is a vital part of that mission. As Administrator, Mr

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Lake Lanier Association warns lake ‘under pressure from numerous directions’

Gwinnett Daily Post

Date: 2/21/2017 7:54:00 PM

Georgia has been warring with Alabama and Florida for decades over rights to water in the Chattahoochee River, along with lakes, such as as Lanier, that feed it. “Lake Lanier is under pressure from numerous directions, not the least of which is the

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DNR to present plans for Standing Boy Creek Park at upcoming meeting

11WTOC

Date: 2/21/2017 7:46:00 PM

Public input was gathered last summer for the future 1,580-acre state park on Lake Oliver, which is part of the Chattahoochee River. The master plan includes cottages, RV and tent camping, lakeview platform campsites, hiking and biking trails, disc golf

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The Best Date Night Destinations in 10 of the Most Romantic Cities in America

spoonuniversity.com

Date: 2/21/2017 9:05:00 AM

But if you need extra convincing, the restaurant is right on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Just imagine how gorgeous that view is all lit up at night, as you sit across from that special someone. I'm swooning already. If there's a restaurant that

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Johns Creek sets town hall on Medlock Bridge

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 2/20/2017 4:12:00 AM

According to a project map, this work represents the first phase of a five-phase proposal to improve Medlock Bridge for nearly its entire length through Johns Creek, from McGinnis Ferry Road on the north to the Chattahoochee River on the south, as well as

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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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