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Plans Announced to Drain Panola Mountain

April 21, 2015

Plans Announced to Drain Panola Mountain State Park’s Alexander Lakes — Public Meeting TODAY April 21st- 5pm

–The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. on April 21 (today) to announce plans for draining Panola Mountain State Park’s lakes. Engineers have determined that both of the park’s lakes should be drained to prevent damage to a dam which drains into the South River. The dam is owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation and timing of repairs is unknown at this time.
The meeting will be held in the park’s visitor center at 2600 Hwy. 155 in Stockbridge. Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and more pristine. There is currently no plan or timeline for repairing the dam and refilling the lakes. It is important that individuals who use and enjoy the lakes, Arabia Mountain Park patrons, and the surrounding community attend this meeting. Contact South River Watershed Alliance for more details.

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  1. Bob Lord permalink
    April 21, 2015 6:25 PM

    It should be noted that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) purchased the defunct Southerness Golf Course (with other properties) as part of a wetland and stream mitigation bank. Part of the original plan was to drain the lower (golf course) lake and thus restore the stream. Impoundments destroy most stream functions and thus removing a dam/impoundment restores stream functions. GDOT could then use the stream restoration credits to make up for stream impacts elsewhere due to highway projects. So while some recreational uses of the area may change, there may be significant overall benefit from removal of this dam and restoration of the original stream, a benefit that could extend to the South River, which needs all the help it can get.

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