Lake Lanier as many of you know has been suffering a severe drought, but the good news is we are heading in the right direction and have been for many months. We are just under 13.0 feet below full pool, where last year we were at 20.0 feet below full pool.
We are expected to get 2 inches of rain over the Lake Lanier Basin this weekend, so we may be closer to 11-20 feet below full SUMMER pool. This lake can actually thrive at 10.0 feet below full pool without too much difficulty.
So we went to our local marina in Flowery Branch, GA, Starboard Marina who has suffered the most from this drought. They are located back in a cove and so all the boat docks have been dry for over a year. There is also a nice restaurant there which has suffered greatly as boaters could not get back in there to dock their boats an enjoy some GRUB and drinks.
Well the marina has been doing some major dredging of this cove. They have moved all the docks to one side and are digging a deeper cover to allow the water to fill this marina back up so that boaters can enjoy their marina once again. They are also adding a large parking area to the marina.
Sometimes you just have to make lemon aide out of lemons and Starboard Marina in Flowery Branch, GA is doing this now.
There are some issues with the "mud" that is created from the dredging flowing into nearby coves where people have lake front property so this is a concern that the corps of engineers does not seem to take too seriously from the owners that I have talked to that are affected. All we can hope for is that once they fill the marina with water, this "mud" will wash out of these coves and cleaner water will return.
Mary Thompson-Lake Lanier Appraiser
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