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Lake Sidney Lanier to Lower Pool Elevation for Dam Repairs

Published Oct. 9, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District will be lowering the pool elevation at Lake Sidney Lanier over the next few weeks to allow for head gate repairs to be made at Buford Dam. 

The lowering of the pool elevation for dam repairs coincides with winter pool drawdown which began October 1. Currently at 1071.1 feet, Lake Lanier is currently transitioning to the winter guide curve pool elevation of 1070.0 feet. The drawdown for repairs will lower the pool to 1069.0 feet to allow safe access for repair crews at Buford Dam. The gradual lowering of Lake Lanier’s water level will take place over the course of eight weeks, reaching the target of 1069.0 feet by November 30.

The repairs are expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

For further inquiries or more information, please contact the USACE Mobile District Water Management Division at 251-690-2730, and follow USACE Lake Sidney Lanier on Facebook @LakeSidneyLanier.USACE.  


With an area of operation across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and northern Florida, and a vast military region that includes operations across Central and South America, the Mobile District’s award- winning teams of engineering, construction, regulatory and emergency management professionals are nationally recognized for their leadership in delivery of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and military programs missions to the Nation.




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