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LAKE LANIER WATER CONTROL CORPS COMMENTS DUE

by Jay Hufnagel

I just received this important email from the Lake Lanier Association. If your a Lake Lanier Real Estate home owner, a Lake Lanier boating enthusiast, or just an avid fan of Lake Lanier, please make your voice heard.

 

The Lake Lanier Association

As you may already be aware, today is the deadline for submission of public comments for the Corps of Engineers Water Control Manual revision for the ACF System. The Lake Lanier Association has already submitted comments and we encourage our members to submit their own comments with similar emphasis. In case you would like to review the comments submitted by the Lake Lanier Association, the full text and supporting documents are posted on our website. A quick summary of our comments are as follows:

 

- The 5,000 cfs minimum flow required at the state line is not representative of the true lowest historical flows in the ACF and is not sustainable.

 

- Lanier was never designed to support ALL downstream demands and can't be expected to because the dams originally proposed on the Flint River were never built.

 

- The Corps' current operating rules require more water to be released from Lanier than is necessary and do not allow as much to be stored as is possible. These draw the lake down more than necessary and make it less likely to refill to full pool under contemporary climatic conditions.

 

- The Endangered Species Act does not require the Corps to augment Apalachicola River flows above run-of-river levels and the practice should not be required because it depletes Lanier unnecessarily.

 

- Regular navigation is no longer feasible on the ACF and the Corps should not try to support it in view of the other demands on Lanier as a resource of last resort.

 

To submit comments online, click the following link:

US Army Corps of Engineers WCM Public Comment Form

 

To submit comments via email, send to: acf-wcm@usace.army.mil

 

To see the full text of our comments, and the supporting document references, see our website.

Lake Lanier Association

 

 

 

LAKE LANIER LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS MEETINGS

by Jay Hufnagel

I received the following email from J. Cloud of the Lake Lanier Association:

The Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus, which is a group of state senators and state house representatives with constituencies around Lake Lanier, is holding two public meetings on Saturday, December 15, 2012 to gather feedback from Lake Lanier stakeholders regarding potential lake safety and other issues that may be appropriate for inclusion in the upcoming legislative session starting in January 2013. The Lake Lanier Association has already shared with the Legislative Caucus the results of the member survey we conducted last summer. Please see the most recent LLA newsletter for more details regarding those results. The meetings on December 15th are another opportunity for the general public to voice their concerns to our elected officials.

 

Individuals are invited to attend either meeting. Since time will be at a premium at both of the meetings, we respectfully request that multiple individuals try not to repeat the same information to allow as many persons as possible the opportunity to voice their opinions. Individuals representing larger groups such as homeowners associations, sailing clubs, fishing clubs, etc. are encouraged to speak on behalf of their group.

 

1st Hearing will be from 10:30-12 p.m.

Gainesville Civic Center Ballroom

830 Green Street

Gainesville, GA

 

2nd Hearing will be from 1-2:30 p.m.

Buford City Hall

2300 Buford Hwy

Buford, GA

 
 
 


If you are a Lake Lanier Real Estate owner, or have an active interest in preserving Lake Lanier and it's uses, please consider attending one of these meetings.

 

ITS TIME TO BUY REAL ESTATE ON LAKE LANIER

by Jay Hufnagel

                        2012 (Year to Date) Lake Lanier Real Estate Sales

 

I’m getting asked from prospective Buyers, “Where are all of the Listings on Lake Lanier?” Last year, about this time, there were about 370 Active Lake Lanier Waterfront listings in FMLS. Today, we have about 230. That’s quite a big decline. Why? Well, in my humble opinion, Sellers are reluctant to list their properties at current market rates, there are concerns about the water level, and many are waiting until Spring, hoping that the water comes up and they won’t have to give big discounts. I hope they don’t miss a good time to sell. Think about it! Serious Buyers have a lot of reasons to buy today: some of the best loan rates in history (close to 3.5% for 30 yrs.), low water levels so they can be more confident in what kind of water they’ll have during seasonal and drought fluctuations, fantastic list prices that are near 1996 levels, and a market that is conducive to negotiation and getting great deals.

 

Here are year to date (10/18/12) statistics for 2012 “Dockable” Lake Lanier Real Estate. This list does not include condos and townhouses. (Based on information from the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) and does not include FSBO and non FMLS listings):

 

                                                                                 2012           

 

Homes Sold                                                               137                                                     

            Average Days on the Market                         237                  

            Original Average List Price                       $539,654             

            Average Sale Price                                       464,127             

            Sale vs. Original List Price                              86.1%             

 

            Current Active Dockable Listings                  232                 

            Current Homes Pending (under contract)        31

 

 

If you’d like to receive an actual list of the homes that have sold or that are pending, please click on the link below or email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, at sayjay@bellsouth.net.

 

CLICK BELOW FOR HOMES SOLD AND UNDER CONTRACT

Buyer Full

Quick Comparative Market Analysis

 

      

 

The time to buy lake property is now ….”they’re not making any more of it”.   

 

By: Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com , 770-757-2799, just “Say Jay” for Real Estate

A WORD OF ADVICE FROM THE LAKE LANIER ASSOCIATION

by Jay Hufnagel

I received the following email today from the Lake Lanier Association. This advice can also apply to Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee. If you own Real Estate on Lake Lanier, Lake Hartwell or Lake Keowee be glad we're getting the rain, but prepare to bring your dock in.

Greetings!

 

The lake has risen a foot just since last Saturday. The current level is 1062 and more rain is on the way. As a courtesy, particularly to our members who don't live on the lake full-time, we want to advise everyone that the lake level has changed significantly and is expected to increase further in the next few weeks. Stay aware of your dock cables and anchor poles and be sure they are adjusted adequately. The Corps of Engineers publishes a short-term forecast online which can be viewed at:

 

Link to lake level forecast

(Once you are on this webpage, click "ACF Lake Elevation and 5-Week Forecast" and then, click "Lanier" for the chart to display.)

 

Click here for Lake Hartwell Water Level information and projections.

 

Contact Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group for more information on Buying or Selling on the lake.

LAKE LANIER YEAR 2011 HOME SALES MAY INDICATE A TURN-AROUND

by Jay Hufnagel

Have we seen the Bottom for Lake Lanier Real Estate?

Lake Lanier Real Estate “Dockable” Lake Home Sales saw a big increase (about 20%) over 2010 sales. That’s another fantastic year! Buyers are still getting great bargains, but we may be seeing a leveling off and possibly the bottom for Lake Lanier Real Estate. Last year the average sale price was approximately $426,271. This year that figure has increased to $456,376.  I wonder whether that signals a turn around.  Lake home buyers all want the same thing – “a great deal” and good interest rates.  Buyers should continue getting what they want in 2012. 

Here are statistics for 2011 “Dockable” Lake Lanier Real Estate. This list does not include condos and townhouses. (Based on information from the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) and does not include FSBO and non FMLS listings):

 

                                                                                 2011           

 

Homes Sold                                                               171                                                    

            Average Days on the Market                         143                  

            Original Average List Price                       $557,919            

            Average Sale Price                                      454,555            

            Sale vs. List Price                                            81.5%             

 

            Current Active Dockable Listings                  366                 

            Current Homes Pending (under contract)         22

If you’d like to receive an actual list of the homes that have sold or that are pending, please click on the link below or email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, at sayjay@bellsouth.net.

  

   Buyer Full Report
       CMA Buyer

The time to buy lake property is now ….”they’re not making any more of it”.   

 

By: Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com , 770-757-2799, just “Say Jay” for Real Estate

PUBLIC URGED TO COMMENT ON GOVERNOR'S WATER SUPPLY PROGRAM

by Jay Hufnagel

Whether you own Lake Lanier Real Estate, enjoy boating on Lake Lanier, or just have an interest in keeping our Georgia Lakes healthy, here's an article published by the Lake Lanier Association:

Just a reminder, the public comments on the Governor's Water Supply Program (GWSP) are due by 5:00PM on Monday, 12/5/2011. The Lake Lanier Association asks all persons in support of the 1073 full pool concept to submit a public comment indicating their support.  

 

Comments may be entered on the GWSP website at http://www.georgiawatersupply.org/. Public comment guidance and submission information is also available on the GWSP website.

 

Below is a copy and paste of the text of the public comment submitted by the Lake Lanier Association. LLA members are welcome to create their own comments using this information, but please do not simply copy and paste this text into your response. We think personally crafted messages from our members will be more effective than a generic response.

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The Lake Lanier Association has been an advocate for Lake Lanier for over 45 years. Our thousands of members as well as thousands of volunteers have focused on keeping Lake Lanier clean and full. Our annual Shore Sweep program has removed an estimated 500 tons of debris from the lake over the 23 years of its existence. Our association has advocated successfully for cleaner discharges into Lake Lanier from waste water treatment plants that discharge into the lake.Our track record as an advocate for the lake is long and consistent.

 

With over 7.5 million annual visitors, the importance of Lake Lanier to the economic fabric of the entire State of Georgia is well documented as well as its contribution to the quality of life. The Governor's Water Supply Program is a unique opportunity for the State of Georgia to focus on how Lake Lanier can contribute an even greater value to the residents and businesses of the state.

 

We want to call attention to the Project Types authorized under the GSWP:

1) Project Type

The GWSP may provide financing for water supply projects, including:

* expanding existing water supply, amenity or flood control reservoirs for water supply;

* converting flood control or amenity reservoirs to water supply reservoirs;

* increasing safe yield of existing water supply reservoirs through the addition of pump storage capability;

* removing sediment from existing water supply reservoir to increase safe yield;

* establishing new water supply reservoirs;

* interconnecting water systems for supply and/or supply redundancy;

* drilling new wells, including for direct potable use or streamflow augmentation that protects or enhances water

supply;

* reopening inactive wells;

* desalination;

* developing aquifer storage and recovery capability; and

* indirect potable reuse systems.

The two highlighted Project Types are directly related to a low cost way for Lake Lanier to contribute to the purpose of the GSWP as stated:

  • PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNOR'S WATER SUPPLY PROGRAM

The purpose of the Governor's Water Supply Program (GWSP) is to align and mobilize the resources of the state of Georgia to assist local governments with developing new sources of water supply adequate to meet future water demands.

 

We would like to comment of two of the Project types:

 

  • expanding existing water supply, amenity or flood control reservoirs for water supply

 

Through a coordinated program with the Georgia Congressional Delegation and the Corps of Engineers the full pool level of Lake Lanier could be raised by 2 feet. This would result in an additional 26 billion gallons of water storage. Since this volume of water would be above the current conservation layer, 100% of the water could be used for authorized purposes, as well as further insuring Lake Lanier as a source of water during droughts. This will increase the volume of water above the Conservation Zone by 7% and exceeds the amount of water contemplated by the new reservoir projects.

 

The decision by the 11th Circuit Appeal Court to set aside Judge Magnuson's ruling and to direct the Corps of Engineers to include water supply as an authorized use of Lake Lanier provides a unique opportunity to address this important issue. While new reservoir construction is expensive and requires considerable time, increasing Lake Lanier by 2 feet is relative inexpensive and can occur much faster.

 

Gwinnett, Forsyth and Dawson Counties as well as the State of Georgia Legislature have passed resolutions supporting raising Lake Lanier by 2 feet. Copies of those resolutions are attached.

 

The second project we would like to comment on is:

 

  • removing sediment from existing water supply reservoir to increase safe yield

 

It is a natural occurrence that sediment builds up in lakes. Eventually sediment accumulates to the point of impacting the functions of the reservoir. Over the 50 year life of Lake Lanier, estimates vary as to the amount of sedimentation. Some estimate as high as 10% - 15%. If that were to be the case, then the total volume of water in Lake Lanier would have decreased by 61 - 92 billion gallons since the Corps of Engineers management of the reservoirs is based on action zones linked to total elevation of the lake.

 

Even though some of this sedimentation would have occurred below the Conservation Zone, nonetheless, much of it is above the Conservation Zone and therefore decreases the volume of water available for water supply and other authorized purposes.

 

Both of these Project Types have the impact of increasing the volume of water that is available for safe yield. The Lake Lanier Association recommends the formation of a special committee as part of the authorization of the GSWP to develop a project that will:

 

  1. Establish the cost parameters associated with raising the full pool of Lake Lanier by 2 feet.
  2. Establish the process steps necessary to move the project through the necessary Congressional and federal agencies.
  3. Conduct bathometric studies to better define the amount of sedimentation in Lake Lanier
  4. Establish the costs and benefits associated with removing sedimentation in the lake.
  5. Work with the Corps of Engineers to define Congressional authorization parameters associated with sediment removal.

 

Lake Lanier Association is anxious to work with the Georgia Water Supply Program to assist achieving the goals of ensuring Georgia's water supply future.

 

LAKE LANIER ASSOCIATION SOCIAL PLANNED

by Jay Hufnagel

Do you own Lake Lanier Real Estate? Are you buying a home or property on Lake Lanier?

Here's some great information that I just received from the Lake Lanier Association (LLA):

Just a reminder, the September LLA Social will be held Thursday, September 15th starting at 6:00PM at Fish Tales Lakeside Grill at Hideaway Bay Marina. Come by car or by boat. 6300 Mitchell Street, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. Print out this email to use as a coupon at Fishtales the night of the event.

Buy one entree, get the 2nd half price. Second item must be of equal or lessor value. Cannot be combined with any other offer including restaurant.com. One coupon allowed per table.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with advance shoreline scouting for the Shore Sweep event taking place on Saturday, September 24th. We have several shoreline areas of the lake that we would like an advance team to look at via boat and mark on a map the locations of Styrofoam or other debris that need to be picked up during Shore Sweep. This is a terrific way for people that may not have the availability or physical capability to help on Shore Sweep Saturday to still participate in this community event. If you would be available to help by being an advance scout, please email us at lakeinfo@lakelanier.org to see if there is a remaining area of shoreline for you to help map.

 

 

LAKE LANIER WATER LEVEL

by Jay Hufnagel

I received an email from J. Cloud of the Lake Lanier Association. Along with Lake Lanier, many other Lakes (Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, etc.) in Georgia and South Carolina are feeling the effects of heat and lack of rain. Last week as I was showing property on Lake Hartwell I noticed several docks (with boats in their slips) that had not been pushed out and were on the verge of being dry docked and possibly damaged (especially with boat lifts). Please see J. Cloud's note below and if you own lake property, check your dock soon:

 

"As you may have noticed, the lake has dropped over a foot in the last two weeks. The current level is 1064.87 and the projections show a downward trend into the fall. A number of docks are in the process of being stranded and damaged as a result of declining water levels. As a courtesy, particularly to our members who don't live on the lake full-time, we want to advise everyone that the lake level has changed significantly and is expected to decline further in the next few weeks. Stay aware of your dock and boat to avoid unnecessary damage from the declining water level. The Corps of Engineers publishes a short-term forecast online which can be viewed at:

 

Link to lake level forecast

(Once you are on this webpage, click "ACF Lake Elevation and 5-Week Forecast" and then, click "Lanier" for the chart to display.)

 

Also, with Labor Day weekend approaching, we want to encourage all our members to be especially cautious around the lake and on the water. There have been several tragic situations resulting in fatalities on the lake this summer, so we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with boating safety guidelines, watch out for other boaters, and take care when swimming."

 

By the way, it's still a great time to buy Real Estate on the lake.

CURRENT LAKE LANIER, HARTWELL AND KEOWEE SALES

by Jay Hufnagel

Real Estate has been very interesting lately. I've actually had one of the best 9 months since I entered the Real Estate field in 2004. My Dad used to say, "If you do the right things, and do it enough, eventually things will come together for you". Short sales, foreclosures and distressed properties are still ruling the market, but Buyers are getting great deals on Resale homes where Sellers have become more realistic on pricing.

 
If you're interested in seeing how Waterfront Lake Property has been selling (since the first of the year), please click on the links below:
 
Lake Lanier Real Estate (101 Homes Sold, 30 Currently Under Contract, Average Selling Price $481,437)

Buyer Full Report
    CMA Buyer

 
Lake Hartwell Real Estate (75 Homes Sold, 25 Currently Under Contract, Average Selling Price $336,514)
 
 
Lake Keowee Real Estate (40 Homes Sold, 19 Currently Under Contract, Average Selling Price $888,242)
 
 
Please let me know if you would like to see what homes are selling for "in your neck of the woods".                                               
 

LAKE LANIER ASSOCIATION SOCIAL

by Jay Hufnagel

THE LAKE LANIER ASSOCIATION IS PLANNING A SOCIAL JUNE 24TH. HERE'S SOME INFORMATION BELOW:

IF YOU LIVE ON THE LAKE AND/OR ARE INTERESTED IN LAKE LANIER REAL ESTATE, THIS EVENT COULD BE A GREAT WAY TO SPEND FRIDAY EVENING.

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