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Lake Lanier Association Supports Concept of Forsyth Water Treatment Facility

December 19th, 2018 Posted by Clean Lake, Full Lake 0 comments on “Lake Lanier Association Supports Concept of Forsyth Water Treatment Facility”

In response to the announcement that Forsyth County is planning to site a new water treatment facility in North Forsyth County, the Lake Lanier Association has been responding individually to citizens that express concerns about the facility. In an effort to create more education and awareness about the association’s stance on the proposed treatment facility, LLA has released this statement to local media:

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“We have been aware, for several years now, of the proposed plant in North Forsyth and are watching it to see what develops in the Environmental Protection Division permitting process. From a Lake Lanier Association perspective, we will weigh in on the water quality in the lake aspect of this issue, not the property value, placement, or property rights off the lake aspect” said Joanna Cloud, Executive Director for the association.

Lake Lanier Association is very supportive of municipalities around the lake increasing their water returns to the lake. Cloud says “Many people consider the treated water coming back into the lake as treated to such a high standard that it is actually cleaner than the water being pulled out at the intake facilities for drinking water. We have water returns above Buford Dam of only about 50% for water pulled out of Lake Lanier. We can do better. Metro Atlanta has returns approaching 80% for water pulled out of the Chattahoochee. If we want to keep Lake Lanier at higher lake levels, especially during peak summer season, recycling water and increasing our returns is part of that solution.”

The association says it will be monitoring the TMDL permit levels for the treated water as well as the discharge pipe length and depth when the plant is in the state permitting process. Cloud says, especially in areas of North Forsyth with significant agriculture and livestock, along with a higher concentration of aging septic systems, that the concern for bacteria in a Lake Lanier tributary after a significant rainfall event would likely decrease with the addition of a treated water discharge facility due to the treated water diluting the bacteria coming in due to run off. The physical location of the discharge pipe will also be of significant interest to the association in that there are already discharge permits issued in several other locations around the lake and the association is concerned about overburdening the ecosystem of any particular tributary. “Even if we can get comfortable with TMDL standards of multiple discharge permits in a single area, doubling the concerns about things like incoming water temperature or air content in the discharge make having multiple permits in single tributary challenging” says Cloud. There is already one industrial water discharge permit in the Six Mile tributary of Lake Lanier in the North Forsyth area.

The association also says it is in favor of sewer facilities over septic facilities because with sewer, especially municipality systems as opposed to private systems, there are more controls in place to prevent issues and more resources for mitigation if a problem does occur than with private septic systems surrounding the lake

Open House on Bridge Replacements Over Lake Lanier

May 17th, 2012 Posted by Off the Water 0 comments on “Open House on Bridge Replacements Over Lake Lanier”

GDOT will be hosting an open house to discuss replacing three existing bridges on Highway 369/Browns Bridge Road over Lake Lanier.

The public is invited to attend an informal open house meeting to discuss replacing three existing bridges on Highway 369/Browns Bridge Road over Lake Lanier in Forsyth and Hall Counties.

The open house, hosted by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), will be on Tuesday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Little Mill Middle School located at 6800 Little Mill Road in Cumming.

Georgia DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposals that involve replacing bridges over Six Mile Creek, Two Mile Creek and the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier.

“It’s an informal, come up and see the presentation – it’s a one-on-one discussion with folks,” said Teri Pope, spokesperson with GDOT.

Stream Restoration Project Completed at Forsyth County’s Midway Park

May 9th, 2012 Posted by Water Quality 0 comments on “Stream Restoration Project Completed at Forsyth County’s Midway Park”

Engineering Department

Grant-supported restoration is county’s first such project

Forsyth County marked the completion of the county’s first stream restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Monday, May 7. Located inside Forsyth County’s Midway Park, the stream restoration project was designed to improve overall downstream watershed conditions by stabilizing and restoring approximately 1,000 feet of degraded stream bank, using natural channel design methods.

This project was supported by a United States Environmental Protection Agency 319(h) grant administered by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

“This project was undertaken as a part of Forsyth County’s Watershed Improvement Plan,” Director of Engineering John Cunard said. “The county developed our Watershed Improvement Plan in 2007 to comply with regulations, and as a means of identifying the most beneficial and cost-effective projects for water quality improvement.”

Objectives of this stream restoration project included reducing bed and bank erosion and sedimentation; improving channel stability, water quality, habitat and overall function of the stream; and restoring, enhancing and protecting riparian wildlife corridors.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this restoration project,” Cunard said. “Not only were we able to make important progress in terms of water quality, but we were also able to turn this area into a really beautiful outdoor space that can also serve as an educational tool for the community about watersheds and water quality.”

The project features a walking path along the stream and educational signage about the stream restoration project.

Midway Park is located at 5100 Post Road in west Forsyth County. The project is on a tributary to Cheatham Creek in the Big Creek Watershed.

Board backs plan to lift lake level, joins Lanier group, Gwinnett in endorsment

March 23rd, 2011 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Board backs plan to lift lake level, joins Lanier group, Gwinnett in endorsment”

Forsyth County has joined others in a push for a higher Lake Lanier. Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday in support of raising the lake’s elevation by 2 feet, to 1,073 feet above sea level. The county followed a push by the Lake Lanier Association advocacy group and Gwinnett County commissioners, who approved a similar resolution last week.

In Forsyth County, fight goes out of YMCA Bethel Park development battle

February 25th, 2011 Posted by Off the Water 0 comments on “In Forsyth County, fight goes out of YMCA Bethel Park development battle”

Behind the scenes, the three-way tug of war engaging Forsyth County, the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the development of Bethel Park on Lake Lanier has gone on for five years.

Ruling may end battle of Bethel, Both parties look to future

February 21st, 2011 Posted by Off the Water 0 comments on “Ruling may end battle of Bethel, Both parties look to future”

Neither side was surprised by the U.S. Court of Appeals decision to deny of Forsyth County’s request to stop development of a lakeside park in northeastern Forsyth.

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