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Will Georgia’s Plant Vogtle lead to a U.S. renaissance of nuclear energy?

Atlanta Magazine

Date: 10/21/2016 10:11:00 PM

The utility this year asked the PSC for permission to bill customers $175 million to study the feasibility of building the state’s third nuclear plant on 7,000 acres of woodland it owns along the Chattahoochee River 20 miles south of Columbus

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Brown’s Bridge over Lake Lanier to close for repairs

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 10/21/2016 8:35:00 AM

The most direct driving route between Gainesville and Cumming – Brown’s Bridge Road across Lake Lanier – will be closed the next two weekends as state highway crews replace the driving surface of the bridge. The Brown’s Bridge (Ga. 369) span will

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Best action for bass fishing in afternoon hours

Gainesville Times

Date: 10/20/2016 9:03:00 PM

Creeks and rivers are slightly stained to very stained. Lake surface temperatures are in the mid to lower 70s. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is stained due to lake turnover. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466

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Where to find Halloween fun in Gwinnett County

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 10/20/2016 1:45:00 PM

Mall of Georgia trick-or-treating Beginning at 6 p.m., Oct. 31. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, Ga. 30519-4913. tores throughout the mall will give out treats to children who wear a

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50 tons of debris pulled from Lake Lanier during Shore Sweep

Date: 10/18/2016 2:58:00 PM

More than 50 tons of debris was pulled from Lake Lanier during this year's Shore Sweep, organizers said Tuesday. Joanna Cloud, Executive Director of the Lake Lanier Association, says Hall County sites alone contributed 23.76 tons during the one-day event

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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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