Group voices concerns over lake to leaders
by Kyle Dominy
July 06, 2011 12:00 AM | 5474 views | 5 5 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of about 30 guests enjoy a tour of Lake Allatoona on Tuesday, organized by Sean Nicholl, chairman of the Lake Allatoona Association.<br>Staff/Samantha M. Shal
A group of about 30 guests enjoy a tour of Lake Allatoona on Tuesday, organized by Sean Nicholl, chairman of the Lake Allatoona Association.
Staff/Samantha M. Shal
LAKE ALLATOONA - Lake Allatoona Association members told U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) how the Army Corps of Engineers' practice of draining the lake leads to murky, dirty water during the association's annual lake tour Tuesday.

"This is a great way for people who care about the lake to talk about the issues facing the lake," said Sean Nicholl, chairman of the association.

The group suggests maintaining the lake's summer water level throughout the fall and into the winter, Nicholl said. The Army Corps of Engineers manages the lake and drains it down 17 feet each fall.

Nicholl said the decrease in water level exposes portions of the lake's bottom. Rainfall then washes soil, debris and trash into the lake, affecting water quality, he said.

Association members also told leaders about preparations for the upcoming Great Allatoona Cleanup, an annual event designed to help clean litter and trash from the lake's shores after the summer travel season.

Nicholl said about 4,000 volunteers were needed for this year's cleanup, set for Sept. 17. The 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona has about 270 miles of shoreline in Cherokee, Cobb and Bartow counties. The event is organized by the Lake Allatoona Association and the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority.

The association is a nonprofit group focused on providing educational and conservation information to the public.
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Black Pearl
July 13, 2011
I have lived on and around this lake for 56 years. A request such as the LLA's request must go through a costly and difficult process that culminates on Congressional Reauthorization in order to change the Rule Curve or to impact the Flood Control Authorization in any way.

The winter drawdown does not in any way effect the water quality other than to cause it to be turbid during the winter months. The lake naturally clears as the pool is restored by inflows in the spring.

Now, to argue on the side of the LAA, the flood control capability of Allatoona is not what it used to be when land use around the lake and ripairean to the river both up and downstrea o fthe dam was primarily woods, pastures and agriculture. Those in Rome that think Allatoona is their "savior" are sadly mistaken. There will be an event that occurs in the future that will prove this out.

Now if LAA wants to be influential and carry out its "mission" where were you during the TMDL Study and comment period? Oh I know, the same place LAPA was hiding behind a rock.
Get Real
July 10, 2011
Obviously homeowners who moved in along the lake want a more pristine view. The folks downstream who are no longer flooded because of Lake Allatoona would surely disagree. Sounds like a lot of whining selfish people to me.
On the boat
July 06, 2011
LAA did not call for the Corps to keep the Lake level up "throughout the Fall and into the Winter". LAA did ask the Corps to stick closer to the Rule Curve during the drawdown.
A Taxpayer
July 06, 2011
Yeah but do they really need to drain it down to the silt for "flood prevention?"
Curious One
July 06, 2011
Lake Allatoona is a "flood prevention" lake - so how could flood prevention be accomplished with the lake already full ? I have been a property/home owner and have seen it well beyond the boundries during several winter flood months - the water level is a balancing act and the Corp seems to be doing a good/professional job.
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