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{STREETZMORNINGTAKEOVER} IT IS UNSAFE TO SWIM OR BOAT IN LAKE LANIER AND THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER

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REASONS TO NOT SWIM OR BOAT

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, It’s unsafe to swim or boat in Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River due to high water levels.

Recent heavy rains have raised Lake Lanier over its full pool elevation of 1,071 feet, and the levels are expected to rise with more forecast precipitation, according to a Corps release.

The Corps must release water out of Buford Dam 24 hours a day for the next two weeks starting Wednesday afternoon, according to a release.

The water release will cause the Chattahoochee River to flow at speeds that would make it “impossible” for recreational swimming, according to the Corps.

It also could also raise bacteria levels to “unsafe” amounts, according to a Facebook post from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

 

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