In Lake Lanier, Georgia, the Lake Lanier Restoration Authority manages many of the efforts to preserve and protect the lake. They oversee and monitor the upkeep of the lake’s water bodies as well as all other associated areas, and have been responsible for some of the most significant conservation work in the history of the United States. This conservation effort has included the establishment of many state parks and recreational facilities. It also helps protect the environment from damage from a long list of invasive species, including mosquitoes.
One of the most significant aspects of Lake Lanier’s conservation efforts is its emphasis on preventing future flooding. To protect the lake and other water bodies from being damaged by floods, the authority maintains a large network of dikes. Each of the dikes is built at a level which prevents water from flooding too deep inside, and they are strategically placed on the lake’s southern shore. To prevent flooding from happening in the first place, every flood control dam was designed to resist certain environmental conditions, such as temperature, rainfall, snow and ice melting, wind and wave strength, among others. Additionally, most of these dams were constructed using materials that are durable enough to resist the weight of the water itself.
These dikes also prevent water from reaching nearby neighbourhoods and homes. In some cases, floodwaters have even penetrated the homes. If the area surrounding the lake was flooded, it could pose a serious threat to the local communities. The Lake Lanier Authority ensures that no part of the lake’s water system is affected by this type of flooding.
Even with these efforts in place, the water level can still rise during times when the lakes water supply is low. To prevent this from happening, the authority has many pumps that use electricity or hydraulic pressure to help lower the water level back to a more manageable level. These pumps work in conjunction with the dikes and channel water to various points where it can be channelled to another lake or stream. In some cases, the water can even be moved to a lake or stream which is located far away from the lake’s main supply of water.
Lake preservation in the form of these different projects has been ongoing for over a century. While some of the projects and strategies that have been used are somewhat recent, they are still extremely important to Lake Lanier’s overall preservation. This is because, without these projects, the lake would eventually become destroyed. Many of the smaller, localized projects which the authority works on only require a small percentage of the water resource that is contained within the lake.
In addition to implementing smaller projects, the authority also works to implement more expansive ones to increase the sustainability and the protection of the lake as a whole. One of these comprehensive efforts involves working to improve the water quality and to an extent where the lake is no longer considered unfit for human consumption. By improving the water quality of the lake, this means that any food fish or plants that are used for human consumption will be safe for human consumption. It also means that people will be able to drink water from the lake without the threat of ingesting harmful chemicals or toxins.
Other lake restoration projects include efforts to improve wildlife habitat and the maintenance of habitats on the lake itself. A good example of this would be the establishment of the Florida Wetland Reserve. This project aims to provide a habitat for a wide variety of fish and aquatic life to the benefit of local wildlife and ecosystems. The reserve protects the lake’s aquatic environments while creating an abundance of plant and animal species that will make it difficult for invasive species to take root.
A large part of the responsibility of the authority is to improve the water quality of the lake. This includes not only controlling the levels of the water itself but also ensuring that it remains a safe water source for drinking water and wildlife. While this might seem like a very difficult task, it is a task that every person has the right to do at one time or another.