Corps invites public to discuss water management

GAINESVILLE - Water and how it's managed at Lake Lanier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be the topic of discussion Wednesday at a public meeting sponsored by the group.

Being the Corp's first public scoping session on this contentious topic, the goal will eventually be to review and update the water control manual for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.

According to Vicki Barnhorst, executive director for the Lake Lanier Association, the meeting will serve as the public's opportunity to record their views on how the water at Atlanta's main drinking source should be managed.

"This meeting is your opportunity to record your views on management of Lake Lanier with the Corps and to show the Corps how important Lake Lanier is to you," Barnhorst said in a statement.

Barnhorst said the session will be set up in an open-house format and attendees will be able to review specific basin information. She added that anyone attending will also have many ways to make their comments heard, either through submitting them at a computer station, by talking to a court reporter or by submitting a prepared written statement.

According to Natalie Shore of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, there will be a car pool from the group's office to the event that will leave from the Chamber at 4 p.m. She said anyone wanting to join this caravan should arrive at the Chamber's office at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway by 3:45 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Gwinnett to speak directly with the Corps regarding our water needs and issues," Shore said in a statement.

SideBar: If you go

What: Meeting on water management practices at Lake Lanier sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main Street S.W., Gainesville

When: From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m Wednesday