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Georgia Gov. Deal Sues Army Corps Over Lake Allatoona Water

Cartersville is the best dam town in Bartow County. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

On November 7, 2014, Georgia’s Governor Deal announced that the state of Georgia, the Atlanta Regional Commission and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority filed lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for failure to address long-standing water supply requests in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. The suits were filed in the U.S. District Court […]

DNR Recap of Labor Day Incidents

DNR Law Enforcement Division ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division Rangers released a recap of Labor Day incidents that took place over the busy Labor Day weekend. Rangers responded to boating incidents and drownings on waterways across the state.  They will be shifting their focus to the thousands of hunters who will be entering the woods this hunting season. Labor Day typically marks […]

Five Injured in BUI Boat Crash on Lake Allatoona

Rangers patrol Lake Allatoona for our safety. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Five people were injured in a boat crash on Lake Allatoona following the fireworks at Allatoona Yacht Club on Saturday, July 5, 2014, according to Public Affairs Officer Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division in his final Fourth of July Weekend Boating Incident report for 2014. The last time Independence Day […]

New Boating Laws Take Effect in Georgia

Boat safely on Lake Allatoona. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

As of July 1, 2014, new boating laws take effect in Georgia regarding mandatory boater education for young people. As of May 15, 2013, legislation required all boats to have personal flotation devices (PFD) for each person on board. Making young people under 13 years old wear a everyone under the age of 13 must wear a U. […]

Georgia’s Boating Laws Change July 1, 2014

Boat safely on Lake Allatoona. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Tough new boating laws take effect in Georgia on Tuesday, July 1st 2014 For example:  All motorized vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1998, must complete a boater education course to legally operate a boat on state waters in Georgia. “In an effort to provide a mechanism for ensuring that Georgia boaters are […]

More Dang Troubles at Lake Allatoona Dam

Lake Allatoona Dam ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office at Lake Allatoona has had its share of troubles recently. A fire broke out in the powerhouse at Lake Allatoona Dam on Monday, May 19, 2014. Thankfully, no one was injured and the dam can still release water using the spillways, not through the generators, as usual. […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (5-29-14)

DNR Law Enforcement Rangers patrol state lakes, parks and forests. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Lawbreakers don’t take the summer off and neither do the rangers with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division. DNR Rangers investigate crimes all day every day to keep the citizens of Georgia safe all year long. The latest violations in the Law Enforcement Report include: Trapping without a license – Dekalb County Lost hunter […]

Holiday Boating Incidents on Lake Allatoona

GA State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The long Memorial Day Holiday Weekend is over.  Most of us are only dealing with sunburns or indigestion.  We had a relatively safe weekend on Lake Allatoona, but there were plenty of boating incidents elsewhere. Department of Natural Resources Spokeswoman Melissa Cummings kindly provided the final statistics about all the boating incidents that occurred around Georgia […]

Avoid These Risks on Lake Allatoona

Rangers patrol Lake Allatoona for our safety. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Fun times on Lake Allatoona often require days of planning and preparation.  Making food in advance, buying ice and drinks on the way, firing up the grill, and gathering the gang when the dinnerbell rings takes time. It’s also good to plan in advance to avoid the risks of being on Lake Allatoona.  It only takes […]

Law Enforcement Says: “Choose Your Ride”

Bartow County search and rescue personnel responded to another Lake Allatoona drowning on July 27, 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Georgia’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood held a news conference on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Bethany Bridge Boat Ramp on Lake Allatoona.  He was joined by law enforcement officers from county, state and federal agencies to drive home the message: “Choose Your Ride.” There were a dozen law enforcement vehicles and […]