Member call to action! Please contact our state Environmental Protection Division and urge them to keep the Level 2 Drought Response in place until Lake Lanier gets closer to its full pool! The EPD is considering lifting the Level 2 Drought Response currently in place since Metro Atlanta is no longer officially in a drought. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t consider that residual drought impacts on Lake Lanier can continue for long after the official drought is over since it can take some time for Lake Lanier to regain its full pool water level. Below is the press release the Lake Lanier Association has sent to media outlets. Members – the EPD needs to hear from you! Use your own words and either email or call the EPD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-657-5947. Time is of the essence since they will be making a decision soon.
May 2, 2017
Faced with a stubborn drought and the warmest April on record in Atlanta, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is urging metro Atlantans to conserve water and follow the state’s outdoor water use schedules.
“With Lake Lanier showing only slight improvement after recent rainfall it’s more important than ever for citizens to be good stewards of our water supply,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. “The lake remains eight feet below its full water level. Coupled with the fact that it is not unusual during a drought for Lanier to drop six feet or more over the summer, it is critical that metro Atlantans follow a Level 2 Drought Response, which allows reasonable outdoor water use while still saving water.”
During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is allowed up to two days a week, determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
The Level 2 Drought Response has been in place since November in the following 12 counties: Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties. These are counties that depend on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River for water supply.
“Lake Lanier is a large reservoir fed by relatively small streams,” added EPD Director Dunn. “Recent rains have provided short-term relief for your landscape, but not enough rainfall to provide significant improvement to Lake Lanier.”
Prohibited outdoor water uses under a Level 2 Drought Response include:
The following activities are allowed under a Level 2 Drought Response:
EPD closely monitors a number of drought indicators including streamflows, reservoir levels, groundwater, short-term climate predictions and water supply conditions. Should conditions deteriorate further, a Level 3 Drought Response would have to be considered. A Level 3 Drought Response prohibits most types of outdoor water use, including general landscape watering.
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.
Gainesville – the Lake Lanier Association released today their first public statement after the release of the U.S. Supreme Court Special Master’s report related to the Florida v. Georgia Water Wars litigation. The statement is as follows:
Through the efforts of Governor Deal and the state’s legal team, Georgia took a major step toward victory in Florida’s lawsuit against Georgia for equitable apportionment of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Rivers watershed. (more…)
We have had several members asking questions about lake levels. We thought a group communication might be helpful at this point.
It’s been raining, right? So why isn’t Lanier’s water level going up?
As this is being written, Lanier is at essentially the same level as it was in December and January, and about a foot below the same date in November. But it’s rained about five inches (about average) around Lanier since the beginning of the year and the average discharges from Buford Dam are the lowest they’ve been since late 2014. (more…)
See our comments on how the new Water Control Manual will impact Lake Lanier…
By David Ibata – For the AJC | Posted: 11:22 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
Work to lay erosion-preventing rip rap began this week on the first of four Lake Lanier islands receiving more than $275,000 in shoreline protection.
More than 3,100 lineal feet of shore will get 6,500 tons of stone in a project funded by local governments, private business and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to Joanna Cloud, executive director of the Lake Lanier Association. (more…)
Like many full-time Lake Lanier residents, Rooks has been watching the shoreline expand in front of his home. His knowledge and experience with the complicated issues at play with lake water levels made his television interview really helpful in explaining our current drought issues and some suggested solutions. (more…)
Lake Lanier Association, other agencies putting down heavy stones to protect shorelines from erosion
By Jeff Gill email@example.com
UPDATED: October 31, 2016 5:31 p.m.
Four islands in Lake Lanier are getting help to defend against waves and boat wakes that have eroded their shorelines since the lake was built in the 1950s. (more…)