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BOC may join quest to raise Lanier level

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners could join the General Assembly on a quest to raise the level of Lake Lanier.

Commissioners will consider a resolution Tuesday to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to raise the full level of the lake, which provides the majority of the county's drinking water.

The Lake Lanier Association, a group of lakefront property owners, requested raising the level from 1,071 feet, about sea level, to 1,073 feet.

Chairman Charles Bannister said the move would make drinking water more readily available to metro Atlanta without building a new reservoir.

"I think it's a step in the right direction for the future of the entire state," Bannister said. "There's a shortage of storage facilities in this state, especially in the northern part of the state."

Both Georgia's House and Senate have already passed similar resolutions involving the lake, which was built 50 years ago.