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Atlanta Drought – Lake Lanier Water Control Update, Deadline for Feedback Extended to Nov. 21

Attention Lake Lanier Fans,

You have until November 21 to submit your comments to the Corps on the rewrite of their Water Control Plan.

If you were unable to attend the Corps’ Scoping Meeting in Gainesville on October 29, you may submit your comments on the Water Control Manual Update and Environmental Impact Statement / Chattahoochee – Flint River Basin on the Corps’ Web site until November 21, 2008. 

Please submit a form online, or send a letter to their address: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District 
107 Saint Francis Street, Suite 1403 
Mobile, AL 36602-9986

-During the rainy season, the Corps should allow Lake Lanier to reach full pool no later than June 1;
-Lake Lanier should not be drawn down for mussels and other endangered species in the Apalachicola River; 
-Management triggers must be in place for Lake Lanier withdrawals during times of drought;
-Raise Lake Lanier’s full pool from 1071 ft above sea level to 1073 ft, thereby adding an additional 26 billion gallons of water to the lake.

Lake Lanier drought 15 feet below full pool

Please write to the Army Corps in support of the Georgia EPD’s request to hold more water in Lake Lanier.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has sent a letter to the Mobile office of the Corps of Engineers requesting the Corps reduce the minimum amount of flow in the Chattahoochee River at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta by 13% between November 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  This will reduce this flow from 485 million gallons a day (MGD) to 420 MGD, thereby leaving an additional 11.7 billion gallons of water in Lake Lanier.   

The EPD letter requests this action to conserve needed storage in Lake Lanier and states that its modeling has shown that water quality at Peachtree Creek was not adversely affected when the flow was reduced between March and May 2008.

The Corps of Engineers is reviewing this request and is asking for stakeholder comments to be received by October 27 by submitting its online form
You may also submit your comments to

or send a letter to the following address:

Colonel Byron G. Jorns, District Commander
Mobile District, USACE
P. O Box 2288
Mobile, AL  36628-0001

The Corps’ press release may be read at


Lake Lanier Woes Part 4

He was hungry! We have holes on the porch.Here are some pics of the endangered woodpeckers that live in the woods behind us on Lake Lanier. This is the same Army Corps property where they want to knock down the trees to install the raw water pipeline instead of going under the street, which makes much more sense. It’s also a shorter route for the City of Cumming to go if they do go under the street. Plus it would eliminate the need to cut through a Forsyth County resident’s property.

Sometimes I think the government does not use common sense.


Lake Lanier Woes, Part 3

Grass where the Lake Water Used to Be.
My neighbor heard some rather shocking news today (on Earth Day, oh the irony) regarding the City of Cumming’s plans for routing the Lake Lanier water into town. He met a surveyor in his yard and apparently they are going to go around the lake, through our creek and up through Roger’s yard. The surveyor asked if he had gotten a letter yet. Yikes.
That doesn’t make any sense! That is a lot longer path to go from the current pumphouse to the city. My neighbor said it’s going to be about 40 feet wide taken of his land. Plus all the digging they will have to do to come around the creek and up our way, up his hill and to the street. How many hardwood trees are going to die because of this? What is going on?
He also said that the city manager has been going to Mobile 3x a week. Why does the City of Cumming Manager need to go to the Army Corps headquarters when they will not listen to the Governor of Georgia? What are they hiding?
Anyway, I need to research what our rights are if they come between our yards and the whole eminent domain issue. That means our trees will go in the front right side of our yard and in the back. Beautiful hardwood trees. It’s upsetting to say the least when you move to the lake to live in a natural setting and then hear that the forest on the lake is going to be tore up when there are other options available for the government.
We also wonder if the lake level is being held so they can dig. The lake dropped for the first time in awhile and they released 3x more water than usual. What is going on???? Who does the Army Corps answer to? Where are our checks and balances? The rumors are flying in Forsyth County and it’s not good.
Who can help us, Clark Howard? WSB-TV? The EPA? Greenpeace? Save the Trees? Lake Lanier Association? Someone!

Lake Lanier Woes, Part Two

The latest rumor on our street about the City of Cumming and Army Corps of Engineers is that they will keep dredging until September 08. The heavy trucks continue to tear up our roads and some people’s yards continue to get parked on. My neighbor thinks that since they have so much equipment invested in the lake in young deer creek, that they are purposely keeping the water level down.

On weekends when there is rain in the forecast, the water is released before the rain comes and the readings appear different than what they should be. My neighbor has been measuring.

That coupled with the fact that there is a lot of dredging equipment where the water would come up makes us think that it will be a long while before our water comes back to full pool. Even a Congressman who lives across the lake from us wonders what is going on. I think they are keeping things from us. We can handle whatever truth there is, but just don’t hide things from the local citizens. It’s our money they are using to dig for more water in the first place.



Lake Lanier Woes

It’s been depressing watching the water recede away from the shores of lake lanier. Our dock is now on dry land and our pontoon boat is parked for a few seasons.

The line of dry docks and boats serve as an eerie reminder of what once was a thriving lake just this summer.

According to the AJC, at the current rate it will take 29 years for the lake to fill to full pool.

The week’s rain continues to minimize the flows out of Lake Lanier, which remains near a record low. Given current rain conditions, it would take 843 days for the lake to reach its summertime full mark of 1,071 feet above sea level.

Billion gallons of readily available water left in Lake Lanier for drinking, sewerage and power generation.

Million gallons being added daily, on average, to Lanier.

Number of years it would take Lanier to fill at this rate

These snapshots, taken at 12:01 a.m. Friday, are based on a two-week average of conditions at Lanier. They account for water stored in the lake’s primary supply pool; water flowing in from rainfall and streams; and water lost through evaporation, withdrawal and downstream releases. The average is calculated by dividing the amount of water remaining by the average amount lost or gained each day. If it rains or less water is released, the number of days remaining will increase. That can happen even though the lake continues to set new lows nearly every day. Under Lanier’s primary pool is a secondary pool; it contains an additional 282.7 billion gallons.

Lake Lanier revealed – photo gallery