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Fort Benning, local fire departments partner for rescue operation

The Bayonet

Date: 7/27/2016 8:46:00 AM

The Columbus and Phenix City Fire Departments joined with the Fort Benning Air Ambulance Detachment in a swiftwater hoist training exercise July 19 at the City Mills Dam on the Chattahoochee River. According to Maj. Brian Smith, Fort Benning Air Ambulance

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Isakson stops in Columbus on pro-jobs tour amid U.S. Senate re-election campaign

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 7/26/2016 7:44:00 PM

He also noted improvements in the downtown streetscape and the world-class whitewater rafting and kayak course developed on the Chattahoochee River. Asked what his schedule looks like over the next few months leading up to the November general election

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UGA Press publishes user's guide for the Broad River

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 7/25/2016 3:01:00 PM

He grew up in Atlanta and said he spent many hours of his boyhood fishing and paddling on the Chattahoochee River. The books are a guide that paddlers can take on their treks along the rivers. The books “are portable and on water-resistant paper

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Identity revealed of Lake Oliver Marina drowning victim

WWBT-TV NBC 12

Date: 7/23/2016 8:36:47 PM

Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified 43-year-old Sean Baker as the man who drowned at Lake Oliver Marina in Columbus on May 27. A couple walking along the river spotted his body in the water Tuesday afternoon and called authorities. His car was found parked

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When seconds matter: Life jacket safety

WRBL

Date: 7/22/2016 4:09:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Thousands will hit the Chattahoochee River this year, but what starts out as a fun outing could turn deadly in a matter of seconds. During the dog days of summer, it’s rare to not see boaters and kayakers out on the water. They’re all

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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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