The Lake Lanier Association has issued a request of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Brigadier General Diana Holland to authorize a deviation of the Water Control Manual for Buford Dam and Lake Sidney Lanier regarding water releases for the next several weeks. Details of the request are contained in the attached letter to General Holland.
We hope you will join us for the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting. We will be at Port Royale Marina on Saturday, March 24th. 4:00-6:00PM will be a lake business based vendor expo as well as candidate meet and greet. At 6:00PM, we will start our regular business meeting. Our keynote speaker this year will be Mark Masters, the Executive Director of the ACF Stakeholders organization. He will give us an update on the sustainable water management plan they have developed for the ACF basin. There will be live music, cash bar and, for food this year, we will be doing a “Taste of The Lake” concept with Fish Tales, Pelican Pete’s, Pig Tales and Skogies! There is no charge for our members to attend this event. If you are not a member, you can join via our website or you can join at the meeting.
The lake has risen significantly over the past several weeks with rainfall in the right places for increasing inflows into Lake Lanier. In light of that, we have had a few members express surprise about the current lake level forecast for the next month. We thought we would post some information related to that issue.
Normal Corps ACF operations call for an increase in downstream discharges beginning on March 1, given current conditions in the ACF. That and expectations for the Southeast U.S. to return to drier-than-normal conditions are what combine in the Corps’ forecast for Lanier to drop by about two feet in the next month. Here’s the scoop:
Lake Lanier rose three feet in a week from 2/8-2/15, and is now 3.4 feet higher than it was a mere two weeks ago. We caught a big break last week with heavy rain in the upper ACF basin, especially in the headwater areas of the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers. The Hooch peaked at over 6,000 cfs near Cornelia on the 11th and 12th, and the Chestatee peaked at over 5,000 near Dahlonega. Lanier’s inflows from the two rivers are currently running a little over 1,600 cfs, slightly above the 59-year mean for this day of the year.
Seven-day average ACF basin inflows are currently at 30,000 cfs and were over 40,000 from 2/11 through 2/18. ACF Conservation Storage is currently above the guide curve, meaning that cumulative reservoir levels are slightly above full winter pool. In particular, Lake Lanier is more than six inches above its full winter pool of 1070 MSL. The Corps’ ACF Water Control Manual calls for releases of any basin inflow above 5,000 cfs through the end of February. On March 1, basin inflows available for storage (i.e., water that can be kept in the reservoirs) will drop from everything over 5,000 cfs to 50% of inflows over 16,000. So, in order to accommodate threatened and endangered species such as the Gulf sturgeon, whose spawning period begins around April 1, spring flows will increase across the GA/FL starting next week.
The bottom line, as always, is that it takes normal spring rains throughout the basin to keep ACF lakes full into the coming recreation season.
Lake Lanier Association
Come see us at the Atlanta Boat Show this week! We are Booth #236. Members that join or renew at the show get a free prize at the show AND get automatically entered to win the grand prize of a large Paradise Pad foam water mat. Fun, fun, fun!
Looking forward to the Atlanta Boat Show next week! Come see us at Booth #236. Member that join or renew at the show get a free gift and will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. For details on the show, see their website at http://www.atlantaboatshow.com/
Shore Sweep 2017 is coming up on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017! The advance drop off locations are NOW OPEN!
For the actual day of the event Saturday 9/23, we have twelve different participating locations that you can choose to report to volunteer — Bald Ridge, Aqualand, Gainesville, and Port Royale Marinas, Lanier Islands, Balus Creek and Big Creek Boat Ramps, Lake Lanier Olympic, Don Carter, Gwinnett, Longwood, and War Hill Parks. […]
With the threat of severe weather in the next several days, we are going to hold off on opening the Shore Sweep advance drop locations until sometime next week. We will monitor weather conditions and will post an update as soon as we get the advance drop locations open.
Lake Lanier Association has a fun photo contest happening this year during Shore Sweep – submit photos of trash pick up efforts and win prizes – plus, we get a more beautiful shoreline to enjoy!
Click the link below for details on the photo contest!