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Dawson on board with raising lake level
County approved resolution last week
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Dawson is the latest county to sign a resolution in favor of raising the water level of Lake Lanier.

Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties have approved similar measures to raise the lake's level by 2 feet, to 1,073 feet above sea level.

"Basically what it says is that we recommend a study be done in support of raising (the lake) 2 feet for recreational purposes ... but also to support additional water supply," said Mike Berg, commission chairman.

The Dawson County commission unanimously approved the resolution last week and it will be sent to state lawmakers.

The Lake Lanier Association has been advocating for the increase since 2007, when the lake reached record lows because of the drought.

Increasing the lake's full pool elevation by 2 feet would increase available water supply by more than 25 billion gallons, according to the resolution.

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