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Sweeping the Hooch, one trashbagful at a time

Mother Nature Network

Date: 4/25/2018 1:56:00 PM

Armed with trash bags and grabber tools, a team of volunteers from Georgia Aquarium set out on a rainy Saturday to remove trash from local spots within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The effort was part of Sweep the Hooch day

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Waste Away in Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands This Summer

Atlanta Eater

Date: 4/25/2018 11:08:00 AM

A portion of Lake Lanier Islands in Buford (that’s Hall County) is getting a Jimmy Buffet makeover, the AJC reports. Can’t make it to Key West or the beaches along the 30-A this summer? No problem. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands will have plenty of

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Margaritaville at Lanier Islands releases details about rebranded attraction

Gwinnett Daily Post

Date: 4/24/2018 8:32:00 PM

Lanier Islands and Safe Harbor Davelopment LLC announced earlier this year that the developer would be taking over the LanierWorld attraction at Lake Lanier and converting it to a Margaritaville theme. Among the new details announced Tuesday were features

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Nine N.S. athletes named to ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup team

The Chronicle Herald

Date: 4/24/2018 5:55:00 PM

Canadian athletes were selected this weekend at the first set of the national sprint team trials on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. The sprint and paracanoe World Cups will be held in Szeged, Hungary and Duisburg, Germany over two consecutive weekends

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Bad News for Winter Camping on Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier

Date: 4/23/2018 11:02:00 AM

Unfortunately, on Friday, April 20, 2018, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released bad news for winter camping on Lake Lanier. Our friends with the USACE who oversee the parks and campsites on Lake Lanier released a statement saying winter camping

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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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