Nominate Islands to Rip Rap
We have successfully protected 12 islands and nearly two miles of shoreline from erosion. A new round of island erosion and sedimentation protections is slated to begin this year starting with input from you. With 39,000 acres and over 100 islands we can't see everything and we want to hear from our members regarding which islands you believe are experiencing an increased rate of erosion and in need of protection.
We will take input online starting Monday March 8th through the Annual Member Celebration on April 17th. After the nomination period closes, we will compile a comprehensive list of islands to consider. We will then work to partner with the University of North Georgia to utilize GIS imagery to determine the rate at which the islands have suffered erosion. This erosion rate and determination of need will be a key parameter in determining the final list of islands in this phase. In addition to the erosion rate we must consider funding availability, project feasibility and other key factors in determining which islands will be included in the newest phase. We want to be sure that everyone understands we are soliciting input however we are not going to be able to do them all. If we are unable to add an island that you nominate to this round, we will keep it as a suggestion for any future rounds that we complete.
Why Islands? Waves from wind and vessels take a toll on the islands shoreline. We have chosen to protect the islands because they are for the use and enjoyment of everyone on the lake. There is always the argument that all of the shoreline is owned by the Corps, however substantial public and private investment goes into this project and therefore, we want to ensure an equal benefit for everyone.