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Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river’

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 9/23/2016 5:01:00 PM

“Sounds like Columbus has found its waterfall,” he says. Actually, it’s way better. It’s the mighty Chattahoochee River, with the world’s longest urban whitewater course to boot. And White, a master showman who as a boy traveled to Columbus for a

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Atlanta Goes Big On $300 Million Infrastructure Project

Forbes

Date: 9/21/2016 2:38:00 PM

The quarry will be filled through a five-mile-long tunnel that will connect it to the Chattahoochee River, the city’s primary water source. The new water reserve will mean that Atlanta will significantly enhance its water supply — the city will go from

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Georgia groups now seek to have voice heard in Georgia-Florida water case

Gainesville Times

Date: 9/20/2016 4:13:00 PM

It says that, while it’s not involved in the current battle, “if Florida obtains a cap on Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River Basin … Alabama likely would benefit from the enhanced flows that would result.” The Supreme Court trial

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Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

Gainesville Times

Date: 9/17/2016 10:41:00 PM

But regardless of the day on the calendar, I was downright giddy to wind my way through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chattahoochee River occasionally peeping through green vistas tinged with hues of scarlet and saffron. I’m a Midwesterner, born and bred

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Georgia Plant Conservation Network Earns National Award

Ammo Land

Date: 9/16/2016 7:01:00 AM

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Coastal WildScapes, East Georgia State College, Columbus State University, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Botanical Society, Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 40 Miles
• Surface Area: 2,150 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre (8.7 km2) reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, which lies south of Goat Rock Dam (Goat Rock Lake). The lake is created by the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant, which was completed in 1959 by Georgia Power.

The lake was named for James McCoy Oliver, an executive of Georgia Power at the time. Oliver Dam has four turbine units, and the dam itself is 70 feet tall and 2,150 feet (660 m) long. At the southern end of the reservoir, Lake Oliver is relatively wide but quickly narrows and becomes almost riverine at the northern end of the lake, at the foot of the Goat Rock Dam upstream.

Public access to the lake is limited to one marina owned by the City of Columbus and one boat ramp near Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side. Since Lake Oliver is entirely within the city limits of Columbus, Georgia, the shore is densely settled on both the Georgia and Alabama sides. Green Island Hills, an upscale development, is located on the lake at the mouth of Standing Boy Creek. Given the amount of settlement, there are many private access points to the lake.

In the summer, the lake is very crowded with recreational activity. The other three seasons usually see anglers fishing for bream. Lake Oliver also serves as the municipal water supply for Columbus.

The location of Oliver Dam is approximately at the Fall Line of the Chattahoochee River. Between Oliver Dam and the downtown Columbus, a few miles downstream, the river drops nearly 100 feet (30 m) in elevation.

Lake Oliver is the northernmost point of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk a fifteen mile long bicycle pathway that extends southward to Fort Benning.
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