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Lanier begins summer full pool at highest point since 2003
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Cecil Quinley, Buford Dam power plant manager, left, and Chris Smith of the U.S. Geological Survey stand at the top of Buford Dam. Behind the men a digital readout visible from the nearby road displays the current lake level. - photo by NAT GURLEY
For the longest time, it seemed like Lake Lanier couldn’t reach winter or summer full pool.' Thanks in part to steady, heavy rains, the North Georgia reservoir blew past both marks in mid-April and hasn’t looked back. With the summer level of 1,071 feet above sea level taking effect today, Lanier is at 1,072.29 feet, the highest it has been since Feb. 8, 2010, when the lake was at 1,072.34. The last time Lanier was higher on May 1 was in 2003.