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Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition Kicks Off Meeting May 9th

by Jay Hufnagel

Mark your calendar to attend the first organizational meeting for The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition organization. The meeting will be held May 9th in the Lonnie R. Burns Fine Arts Center at the Hart County High School in Hartwell, Georgia.


Here is a short video and a Press Release explaining why there’s a need for this organization:


Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition Seeks Answers to Outdated Lake Level Management Policies


First organizational meeting to be held May 9th at Hart County High School

For those who have enjoyed the beauty and recreational opportunities afforded by
Lake Hartwell, it has been a painful experience to see the level of the lake drop so dramatically in recent years.  But few who see the lake’s exposed docks and dry inlets understand that the drought that brought on the problem is not the sole contributor to conditions as they are today.  Worse, most do not understand that as the drought comes to an end, the lake’s water level management is still a matter of uncharted waters.


To address this concern, the steering committee of the newly formed Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition invites all interested citizens, businesses and stakeholders to participate in the initial launch of a new grassroots organization on Saturday, May 9. This informative session will be held from 10 – 12 pm in the Fine Arts Center of the Hart County High School and will address critical problems associated with recent drought issues and the impact of lake level management on the economy and ecosystems of Upstate South Carolina and Georgia.


The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition currently includes a diverse group of volunteer business leaders representing northeast Georgia and upstate South Carolina who have long recognized that the current lake level management plan adopted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) does not satisfy the current or future needs of stakeholders along the Savannah River Basin. One critical goal of the 660 Coalition is to facilitate the scientific research needed to develop an updated plan that will provide elected officials with the information they need in order to change the almost 50 year-old Corps plan.

Most agree that If Lake Hartwell were at full pool today, it would be no less vulnerable
to the next dry weather cycle or lake level management philosophy and that any plan update must reflect lessons learned from the current drought situation.

A key issue to be explained at the inaugural May 9 meeting will be the need to
revise the current lake level management policy by using full pool (660 feet) as
the trigger point for implementation of the drought management plan.


Mike Gray, owner/broker - Hartwell Lake Prop Realty, has been a tireless advocate for retooling lake level management policy on Lake Hartwell. Gray claims
that there is little or no rationale for current lake level output.  

“Why do we drop our water level 14 feet during a severe drought before decreasing the output to an agreed upon minimum level? Would you believe we can’t find anyone downstream who can document scientifically or with engineering studies what their water flow needs are? That’s why we want to organize a group of people from both states to question and provide documentation,” Gray said.


The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition will be created as a 501c4 tax exempt organization

and will be enlisting all stakeholders at the grass roots level from both states in the
Upper Savannah Basin. It is dedicated to maintaining water levels in Lake Hartwell

that sustain water supply, recreation, and economic prosperity through the advocacy
of appropriate, science-based water releases necessary for the Savannah River Basin.
All attendees are encouraged to become regular supporters and if possible, to serve
on the communications, research or education committees that will be formed to focus on future lake level policy.


Additional information is available by calling John Noell @ 706.377.4660.


As with Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, every foot we are down has a significant impact on the economies of all the counties and cities that border the lake. Like the 1071 Coalition Group (Lake Lanier's Organization), the 660 Coalition organization and its stakeholders will be proactive in making the public and our leaders more aware of the need to “retool” Lake Hartwell and The Savannah River Basin Lake Level Management Plan. 


As Lisa Kishoni (a lake home owner) stated recently, “Lake Hartwell is the economic engine for a large part of Northeast Georgia and Upstate South Carolina”.  

Also, check out what M.J. Kneiser stated in the Independent-Mail on April 27, 2009. 


I hope to see you there!


By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , or 770-757-2799.



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by Jay Hufnagel


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Keller Williams Realty
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Buford GA 30518
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