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Lake Sidney Lanier, Buford Dam Identified to be Renamed

USACE, Mobile District
Published March 10, 2023

MOBILE, Alabama. – In accordance with Department of Defense guidance to implement the Naming Commission’s recommendations, the US Army Corps of Engineers have been directed to provide potential name-changes to Lake Sidney Lanier and Buford Dam.

The William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 designated a congressional Naming Commission to remove the names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor the Confederate States of America. Of these DoD-owned assets, four USACE civil works projects were identified: Buford Dam, Buford, Georgia; Lake Sidney Lanier, Buford, Georgia; Stonewall Jackson Lake and Dam, Weston, West Virginia; and Port Allen Lock, Port Allen, Louisiana.

A USACE planning team is working to develop possible name recommendations and establish timelines for this process. The Mobile District is committed to public and stakeholder engagement. For more information, or to provide a public comment regarding the renaming of Lake Sidney Lanier and Buford Dam, please visit:


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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