Media Advisories

USACE to host Facebook Live on Lake Lanier water levels

Published July 19, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, is scheduled to host a Facebook Live, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. CST, to educate the public and the media on how the Mobile District manages lake levels at Lake Sidney Lanier in Buford, Ga.

WHAT: A subject matter expert will provide a brief explanation of what factors are considered when deciding to release water from Buford Dam and will answer questions that are submitted leading up to the event on the district’s Facebook page.

WHO:  James Hathorn, Chief, Water Management for the Mobile District.

WHERE:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Facebook page at

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. CST

Background:  Lake Sidney Lanier is a federal reservoir located in northcentral Georgia. It was built by USACE in 1956 for flood control, water supply, navigation, power production and recreation. The lake encompasses approximately 38,000 acres with a "full summer pool" of 1,071 feet (326 m) above mean sea level.

Impounded by Buford Dam, Lake Lanier is a critical source of water supply for Georgia, Alabama and Florida. USACE manages water releases from Buford Dam according to the recently approved Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Control Manuals which can be found at:

Reporters looking for more information on this event may contact the Mobile District Public Affairs Office at 251.690.2505 or