Woodall Partners with Constituents, Corps of Engineers to Bring Added Security to Lake Lanier
Washington, D.C. – In recent months, a group of concerned citizens including the Lake Lanier Association reached out to U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) to request assistance in protecting residents, visitors, and property on Lake Lanier from the increase in thefts from its docks. Existing Army Corps of Engineer policy prohibited security cameras on the Lake’s docks, but following the partnership of local citizens with Rep. Woodall working directly with the Corps on the issue, that policy has been updated to allow these crucial protections. The Corps announced the new policy today.
“Lake Lanier is an incredible resource for our community. Unfortunately, I regularly hear reports from homeowners and visitors of property being stolen or damaged on Corps of Engineers property,” said Rep. Woodall. “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 is yet another example of constituents bringing a concern to me that we were able to work together to resolve, and it underscores the kind of action-oriented community we have here at home – irrespective of the issue.”
"We are very pleased with this outcome,” a statement from the Lake Lanier Association said. “Given the technology commonly available, and given the concerns for both personal safety and property protection, the Lake Lanier Association supports security cameras on docks. We appreciate Congressman Woodall's involvement in getting this policy reviewed. We also appreciate the Corps of Engineers being responsive to public commentary."
The change is the latest win for Lake Lanier and the community after legislation ushered through Congress by Woodall was signed into law late last year to prevent congressional control over the Lake’s water supply. The issue centered around the removal of language that had been added in previous water resources legislation to insert Congress into interstate water disputes. Woodall serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and led the charge to remove the harmful language. Additionally, earlier this year the Corps of Engineers finalized the new Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Water Control Manual which includes further protections of Lake Lanier’s water supply from neighboring states, marking another victory for the community.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.