Friends of Lake Eufaula wants to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

2016 has been a busy year for our organization and we want to thank all of our members and supporters. With a very active board and your support we made comments to the USACE on their draft Water Control Manual, held two lake clean ups and removed over 5 tons of trash, held an annual meeting where we discussed the growing hydrilla problem and heard actions the Corps is taking, worked with the Georgia Dept of Natural resources to get additional grass carp released that were impregnated with radio trackers,  worked to get new signs designating the Chattahoochee from Columbus to the Florida line as part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail system. 

2017 promises to be an active year for the lake with more discussion for local neighborhood action committees to focus on controlling hydrilla and the anticipated recommendation by the US Supreme Court Special Master on the lawsuit brought by Florida against the state of Georgia. Only time will tell if the Supreme Court settlement marks the end of the legal battles or just the beginning of more water wars. We hope it is the end.  We will also be dealing with the recently released final USACE Water Control Manual.   The Water Control Manual documents extensive changes to USACE reservoir operations that will impact Lake Eufaula. In summary:

 • Metro Atlanta is granted their request for increased water withdrawals to account for population growth estimates for 2050.

• Lake Eufaula water level and recreation to be ‘adversely affected’ according to the WCM.

• Operating plan calls for entering drought operations sooner.

• We will face a challenge to minimize the impact on Lake Eufaula during droughts.

Please consider joining or renewing your membership and join us for our upcoming annual meeting on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 (more details to follow).

Brad Moore

From the President...

Hardridge Creek Recreation Area.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Pauley Photography.