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Lake Lanier Association requests deviation of the WCM

June 1st, 2018 Posted by Full Lake 0 comments on “Lake Lanier Association requests deviation of the WCM”

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.


Public Comments For Security Camera Policy! Deadline To Submit June 16, 2017!

May 15th, 2017 Posted by Safe Lake 0 comments on “Public Comments For Security Camera Policy! Deadline To Submit June 16, 2017!”

The Corps of Engineers has agreed to review their policy of prohibiting security cameras at private docks on Lake Lanier. They have issued a call for public comments on that policy and, based on those comments, that policy will either be upheld or repealed.

The Lake Lanier Association is in favor of the policy being repealed. The Corps of Engineers has stated that the policy was based out of concern for individual privacy while recreating on public land. We feel that, given the great majority of persons recreating on the lake in possession of a mobile device with photo and video capabilities, that concern is no longer applicable. We also feel that cameras would benefit public safety and be an aide to protecting personal property.

We would like our members to submit comments to the Corps of Engineers regarding this policy. There is power in numbers, so please send your comments in. The deadline for comments is no later than June 16, 2017. Send your comments by email to Below is that press release regarding this matter issued by the Corps of Engineers.

1705-03_Lanier_surveillance camera comments - OP-TR3Subm

Water Control Manual Updates

January 3rd, 2017 Posted by Full Lake 0 comments on “Water Control Manual Updates”

See our comments on how the new Water Control Manual will impact Lake Lanier…


Water Control Manual Update – Public Comments Deadline Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 28th, 2016 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Water Control Manual Update – Public Comments Deadline Saturday, January 30, 2016”


Your WCM comments to the Corps are needed

no later than Saturday, January 30, 2016


To all Lake Lanier users and businesses:

The Corps’ Water Control Manual (“WCM”) comment period ends on Saturday, January 30th. The Lake Lanier Association has prepared formal comments that it will submit. Those comments can be viewed at

We are calling on all Lake Lanier users and businesses to submit comments to the Corps by this Saturday’s deadline. Recent hydrologic analysis has revealed a large, unrevealed impact from the Corps’ proposed navigation plan. According to that analysis, the Corps’ navigation operations alone would lower Lake Lanier by more than four feet in a drought similar to the one in 2007-2008. This impact is even greater than the impact of the projected population increases between now and 2050.

The impact of this portion of the proposed WCM is of such magnitude that we believe that a large volume of comments in opposition is critical in convincing the Corps to change its plan.

Specifically, in your own words emphasize the need for the Corps to:

  1. Revise the navigation plan to avoid the severe impact the proposed plan will have on Lanier’s water levels.
  2. Incorporate rigorous drought prediction that will trigger changes in reservoir operations to preserve lake levels during drought.
  3. Manage the reservoirs to retain maximum storage levels in the reservoirs so that drought conditions will not have the devastating impact that was experienced in December 2007.
  4. Model and plan for raising Lake Lanier’s full pool level to 1073.

Public comments may be submitted via the following methods:

Mobile District


P.O. Box 2288

Mobile, AL  36628


Please share your comments with us by sending a copy to:

Thank you for your support of Lake Lanier.

Annual Meeting 2014 — Sunday, April 27th

April 23rd, 2014 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Annual Meeting 2014 — Sunday, April 27th”

The Lake Lanier Association 2014 Annual Member meeting is coming up this Sunday, April 27th at the Carriage House Pavilion at Lake Lanier Islands. The candidate meet and greet portion of the meeting starts at 4:00PM and the business portion of the meeting begins at 5:00PM. We have over 25 local, state, and federal elected officials or candidates for office that will be in attendance for our members to meet and talk to regarding their interests and concerns.

Frank Norton, Jr. will give an outlook presentation regarding economic trends and market activity related to Lake Lanier. We will also have updates from the Corps of Engineers on several of their Lake Lanier related projects, and, of course, we will give an update on all the different projects and services offered by the Lake Lanier Association to the lake community.

There will also be several local lake-related businesses in attendance for you to get updates on products and services that are of interest to you as a lake recreational user, merchant, or property owner. Lake Lanier Islands at Sunset Cove, will be hosting an In The Water Boat Show this weekend. If you want to come out early and see the boats prior to the start of the Annual Meeting, you are encouraged to do so.

This meeting is presented as a member service. There is no fee for members to attend this meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend and encouraged to join at the meeting! We hope to see you there.

Please join us for the Lake Lanier Association 2014 Annual Member Meeting!

March 25th, 2014 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Please join us for the Lake Lanier Association 2014 Annual Member Meeting!”

*** New location, day of week, and time this year ***

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

4:00-5:00PM Elected Official/Candidate Meet and Greet

5:00-6:00PM Business meeting

4:00PM-6:00PM Concurrently running Lake-based business expo (if you are a business that would like to participate in the expo, please contact the Lake Lanier Association for details)


The Carriage House Pavilion

Lake Lanier Islands

7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway

Buford, GA 30518

By car, park in the Grand Hall parking lot and walk to The Carriage House.

By boat, dock at Sunset Cove and walk along the sidewalk around to The Carriage House.


  • Meet elected officials and candidates for office for local, state, and federal positions.
  • Updates from the Lake Lanier Association on activities over the past year as well as programs and initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Keynote Speaker Frank Norton, Jr. will present economic outlooks and real estate market trends around Lake Lanier.
    • The full lake has pushed average sales prices up 8.5% since 2012
    • For sale home inventory is at lowest level since 1970s and dropping everyday
    • Find out what is happening with market activity and property values and how that affects your investment in Lake Lanier
  • Corps of Engineers Project Manager Tim Rainey will give updates on several Corps initiatives.

Light snacks and complimentary soft drinks will be served. There will also be a cash bar available.

This event is provided as a member service.  

Non-members may attend and are encouraged to join at the meeting.

Water Control Manual Update Comments

March 6th, 2013 Posted by Water Quantity 0 comments on “Water Control Manual Update Comments”

Next time you wonder why you should financially support the LLA, read the Florida Water Control Manual Update comments letter and realize that they are urging the Corps to bring Lanier down to 1035′ during times of drought. You thought 1050′ was difficult, image 1035′! A significant part of our advocacy role is monitoring what other stakeholder groups are advocating for, determining what sort of impact that would have on Lanier, and then affecting change where we can. We are actively working on three different areas that impact lake levels:  more water, less consumption, better operating rules. It takes time, effort, and money to do that. If you are already a member, thank you for supporting our mission. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors so that they too can support advocating for Lanier and we can increase our membership size, voice, and influence.

In case you would like to read some of the Water Control Manual Update comments, they are posted on our website in the Library section.

Boater Safety Legislation and Discounts

February 23rd, 2013 Posted by Water Safety 0 comments on “Boater Safety Legislation and Discounts”

Senate Bill 136 regarding boater safety was introduced this week during the legislative session. The below document gives more details about the specifics the bill includes:

Senate Bill 136 Boater Safety_DNR Talking Points

Also related to boater safety, Allatoona Lake and Lake Sidney Lanier boaters are invited to take part in a pilot program to encourage boater safety and education.

Through the new program, recreational boaters earning a certificate from an authorized Safe Boating Class will be rewarded with a complimentary annual day-use pass valid for one full year.

Boating safety certificates earned within the past year can be presented to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Offices at Allatoona or Lanier along with a valid photo ID to claim their annual day-use pass
If you have successfully completed at boater safety education course, be sure to talk to your insurance company and see if you are eligible for a discount for completing the course. Many insurance companies recognize any certified National Association of State Boating Laws Administrators (NASBLA) course as eligible for discounts.

Lt. Gov. Cagle urges higher lake levels

May 26th, 2012 Posted by Annual Meeting 0 comments on “Lt. Gov. Cagle urges higher lake levels”

Lee Johnson
May 25, 2012

While addressing the Lake Lanier Association on Thursday night, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle rallied for the protection of Lake Lanier and said higher lake levels have been, and can be, maintained.

“We realize the great recreational value it has for our state,” said Cagle. “It’s also a huge resource for the state of Georgia.”

Right now, the lake levels are around 1,065 feet above sea level. Full summer pool for the lake is 1,071 feet above sea level.

Cagle says the lake has been higher, using the 1996 Olympics as an example, and “where there is a will, there is a way” to keep those levels higher.

“I think it needs to be a fuller pool than (1,071) and the capacity is there to make that happen,” he said.

He urged the U.S. Corps of Engineers, which controls the water release at Buford Dam, to make the lake a “stronger priority.”

Lake Lanier, for more than two decades, has been at the center of a tristate debate for water use.

It is a part of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system and Alabama, Florida and Georgia continuously lock horns on how the water is to be used.

Georgia wants the system’s water for drinking water, economic growth and recreation. Alabama says the water is necessary for energy. Florida says the water is essential to support a seafood industry and wildlife in the Apalachicola River Basin.

Last June, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a 2009 ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who ruled it was illegal for the Corps of Engineers to use water from the lake to provide metro Atlanta with usable water.

“That was a huge win,” said Cagle. “As a result it created a whole new landscape as it relates to water quantity.”

The June 2011 ruling from the federal appeals court also gave the corps one year to make a final determination on how to allocate Lanier’s water.

“It sent a very, very strong message to the Corps of Engineers that we need an updated water management plan and I think that’s critical for not only Lake Lanier, but the entire state,” said Cagle.

Cagle said the ruling gave the state the ability to better negotiate with Florida and Alabama, who have said they plan to appeal.

But the lieutenant governor says Lanier is not as big a player in the river system as most think.

“If not one ounce of water came over the dam at Buford it would only impact the flow at the Georgia-Florida line less than one foot,” Cagle said. “Most people don’t capture that, but that’s the reality of what we’re talking about.”

The locals seem to agree that Lanier’s water is best served in Georgia.

“Those mussels and sturgeon (in Florida) lived 7 million years before Lake Lanier,” said Frank Norton of Norton Realty.

“If all this fails I want Gov. (Nathan) Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle to mount the Georgia militia and stand on top of the Buford Dam and yell at Alabama and Florida: ‘Come and get it.’”

He said the low water levels directly affect the property value surrounding Lanier, valued at more than a half-trillion dollars.

“When the water gets pulled out of Lake Lanier, the sales stop,” said Norton.

But for some lake residents it’s simpler than that.

Paul LeMay bought property on Lanier about five years ago.

He hoped he could share the lake with his children and grandchildren, but says the constant low levels pose a safety threat, when he can even get his boat off the dirt where his dock is.

LeMay actually plans on selling his lakeside property.

“My wife and I decided this isn’t a place where we wanted to live because it’s moved from a God situation with the drought, which we can understand, to all of sudden all of these politics flushed out, which we never realized,” said LeMay.

“I no longer encourage people to look for property on the lake.”

Earlier this week, the corps unveiled a new plan that will adjust procedures at Jim Woodruff Dam on Lake Seminole in South Georgia.

The new procedures would release the minimum amount of water, 5,000 cubic feet per second, out of Woodruff Dam in times of drought until reservoirs upstream, including Lanier, were nearly at full pool.

Only then would the corps release more water — 5,000 to 10,000 cfs, up from 5,000 to 8,000 cfs — out of Woodruff Dam.

Adding more reservoirs is something Cagle sees as necessary to maintain a supply of water.

“We are going to need to build reservoirs for the state,” he said. “I think we can do it in a responsible way and in a way that protects the environment.”

That includes the Glades Reservoir in Hall County.

“I am for the Glades Reservoir, as long as it does not hurt Lake Lanier,” said Cagle. “We have to have the supply and I think the two can be balanced together.”

But as talks continue between the three states and water levels on Lanier continue to stay below full pool, the lieutenant governor says the lake needs to remain a priority — whether it’s for safety, home value or water supply.

“It doesn’t matter how you look at the lake, as long as your interest is to protect the lake, then that’s a good thing,” said Cagle.

Spring 2011 Important Dates to Remember!

April 25th, 2011 Posted by LLA Events 0 comments on “Spring 2011 Important Dates to Remember!”

There are several important dates coming up for Lake Lanier Association members:

  • Several U.S. Corps of Engineers public participation meetings are coming up regarding policy changes ot the community docks on Lake Lanier. April 25th meeting from 6-8PM at Forsyth Central School, May 24th meeting from 6-8PM at West Hall High School, June 14th meeting 6-8PM at Dawsonville Middle School. More information on COE website:
  • LLA annual fundraiser golf tournament Monday, May 16th starting at 10:00AM at Legacy on Lanier golf course. See LLA newsletter or website for more details or to register.
  • LLA annual membership meeting Thursday, May 19th at the Forsyth Conference Center. 5:00PM start for workshop sessions, 6:00PM start for meeting. Three differerent workshop sessions are being offered at no charge to our members. Workshops include: Landscaping With Native Plants for Lake Front Properties by Master Gardener Pam Keene; Lake Lanier Fishing Techniques with professional fishing guide Ken Sturdivant; and Boating Safety with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Officer Mike Atkinson.