FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Security cameras are the most recent item to be removed from a list of prohibited items on Lake Lanier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
This spring, residents, including members of the Lake Lanier Association, appealed to
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall telling him property at their docks was being stolen or damaged.
“Dock owners wanted the option of installing security cameras right there on their docks to deter would-be thieves or trespassers and apprehend criminals,” Woodall said. “So we looked into it and found out that an old 2004 rule from the Army Corps of Engineers prohibited them from installing cameras.”
Woodall then reached out to Corps leadership, asked them to revisit the policy and hear what the community and local law enforcement thought about the federal rule.
“Ninety-five percent of the people that responded said, ‘yes, we should allow security cameras,’” Woodall said. “I asked the Corps to consider changing the policy to better serve all those who enjoy the lake, and I’m grateful for their quick response. This underscores the kind of action-oriented community we have here at home – irrespective of the issue.”
In late July, after a 30-day comment period for the public, the Corps announced it would remove the 13-year-old rule. The comments received were overwhelmingly in favor of lifting the prohibition — 257 favorable, with 7 opposed and 5 neutral.
“It’s because a group of constituents cared enough to pick up the phone and call me about it,” Woodall said. “I hope this is an example to everyone in the 7th District. Things can get done in Washington when we all care enough to work together to make it happen.”
Late last year, legislation ushered through Congress by Woodall was signed into law to prevent congressional control over the lake’s water supply. The issue centered on the removal of language that was added in previous water resources legislation to insert Congress into interstate water disputes.
Earlier this year, the corps finalized the new Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Control Manual which includes further protections of Lake Lanier’s water supply from neighboring states.
Lake Lanier is federally owned and managed by the Corps’ Mobile District. Contact the Corps’ Lake Sidney Lanier Shoreline Management Section at 770-945-9531 with any questions.