Lake Lanier Association
What: Annual meeting
When: 4-7 p.m. March 19
Where: Port Royale Marina, 8800 Port Royale Drive
Door prizes and cash bar aside, there’ll be some serious talk at the Lake Lanier Association’s annual meeting March 19.
The meeting, taking place at Port Royale Marina in Forsyth County, will feature U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, as one of the speakers. He is expected to discuss federal issues concerning the lake.
One issue that particularly drew his ire earlier this year was a ban on irrigation by the Army Corps of Engineers. Collins soon got on the phone with Brig. Gen. C. David Turner, commander of the corps’ South Atlantic Division.
Following that chat, the corps announced it would “suspend the implementation of the policy … until the review is complete and further guidance is issued.”
Still, the issue reverberated through the Gainesville-based lake association.
“We feel there are other, more pressing issues, for the corps to be focused on in terms of compliance with their federal mandates,” executive director Joanna Cloud said.
Another big issue for the group is abandoned vessels and docks.
“We’ve got some updates on that we’ll probably talk about,” Cloud said.
Removing the vessels and docks has become a major campaign for the group, with Cloud documenting their locations, their status — such as whether they are sunk or sinking fast — and any progress made to get them out of the lake.
In some cases, the lake group is able to identify owners and press them for cleanup. In other cases, the owner can’t be found and boat registration numbers aren’t available, so the issue becomes more challenging.
Also, Cloud expects the group will discuss public comments it made concerning the proposed Glades Reservoir — an issue that took an interesting turn in early February.
In response to the corps’ October 2015 Water Control Manual and draft environmental impact statement, Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Judson Turner wrote that revised population projections showing slower growth through 2050 make it “clear that Glades Reservoir is no longer part of any strategy to meet the water supply needs of the state.”
The association also is involved in an effort to put riprap — rock used to protect shorelines — around islands in Lanier.
“Four islands are earmarked for this year — three in Hall County,” Cloud said. “We’re working our way through the permitting.”
The annual meeting will take place at the marina’s Pelican Pete’s restaurant.
Attendees can arrive by car or boat. Those arriving by boat are asked to park at the courtesy docks.
Lanier Crappie Anglers Club will provide fried fish snacks.
The event is set to start at 4 p.m. with socializing and a vendors expo. Door prizes will be given away.
The business meeting is set for 5:30-7 p.m.