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Guest column: PSC works to keep rates low, energy flowing

Gainesville Times

Date: 12/2/2016 10:00:00 PM

That’s why the comprehensive study we approved in July for a potential nuclear-powered generating site south of Columbus along the Chattahoochee River will, among many things, take a closer look at those water questions. Here is the good news

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The water wars continue — for now

The Telegraph

Date: 12/1/2016 6:20:00 PM

But not all of the news about water in the state is good. The water wars that have been waged since Joe Frank Harris was governor over the Chattahoochee River, between Georgia, Florida and Alabama are still being fought — now in the hands of a special

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Chattahoochee River levels still low despite recent rain

9 WTVM

Date: 12/1/2016 3:04:00 PM

The Chattahoochee River warden says even with the rain that fell in recent days, we would still need more than a dozen inches to have the river back to normal levels. Roger Martin says West Point Lake is down nine feet and Lake Lanier in North Georgia is

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In this drought, there’s no rush to build Georgia reservoirs

myajc.com

Date: 11/30/2016 11:16:00 AM

Georgia and Florida this week are battling in a Maine courtroom over how to share water from the Chattahoochee River — metro Atlanta’s municipal and economic lifeblood. Senate Natural Resources and the Environment Chairman Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville

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Nathan Deal: Capping water would be ‘disaster’ for South Georgia farmers

politics.blog.myajc.com

Date: 11/29/2016 10:31:00 AM

Florida accuses Georgia of hoarding water needed to sustain the Apalachicola Bay oyster industry, while Georgia claims prudent stewardship of the Chattahoochee River and counters that Florida is to blame for its ecological problems. Georgia is likely to

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 40 Miles
• Surface Area: 2,150 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre (8.7 km2) reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, which lies south of Goat Rock Dam (Goat Rock Lake). The lake is created by the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant, which was completed in 1959 by Georgia Power.

The lake was named for James McCoy Oliver, an executive of Georgia Power at the time. Oliver Dam has four turbine units, and the dam itself is 70 feet tall and 2,150 feet (660 m) long. At the southern end of the reservoir, Lake Oliver is relatively wide but quickly narrows and becomes almost riverine at the northern end of the lake, at the foot of the Goat Rock Dam upstream.

Public access to the lake is limited to one marina owned by the City of Columbus and one boat ramp near Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side. Since Lake Oliver is entirely within the city limits of Columbus, Georgia, the shore is densely settled on both the Georgia and Alabama sides. Green Island Hills, an upscale development, is located on the lake at the mouth of Standing Boy Creek. Given the amount of settlement, there are many private access points to the lake.

In the summer, the lake is very crowded with recreational activity. The other three seasons usually see anglers fishing for bream. Lake Oliver also serves as the municipal water supply for Columbus.

The location of Oliver Dam is approximately at the Fall Line of the Chattahoochee River. Between Oliver Dam and the downtown Columbus, a few miles downstream, the river drops nearly 100 feet (30 m) in elevation.

Lake Oliver is the northernmost point of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk a fifteen mile long bicycle pathway that extends southward to Fort Benning.
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