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City approves $50,000 to stop erosion of Lake Lanier islands
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The City of Cumming voted Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, to approve funds to the Lake Lanier Association to use riprap, or loose rocks used to form a barrier around the islands, to help stop erosion. - photo by FCN regional

The city of Cumming will contribute $50,000 to stop erosion of islands on Lake Lanier.

On Tuesday, Cumming City Councilmembers voted 5-0 to approve the funds to the Lake Lanier Association to use riprap, or loose rocks used to form a barrier around the islands, to help stop erosion.

“There’s a lot of erosion that goes on at the lake,” said Cumming Utilities Director Jon Heard. “Part of it has to do with the wind and the waves. Another part of it has to do with boating and things of that nature.”

The project will focus on riprap for the islands since protections on shoreline can usually be done by property owners.

Heard said the erosion of the islands meant more sediment in the lake.

“The reason it is important to the city of Cumming is when that soil goes down into the lake, it fills up the storage capacity of the lake. It gets shallower and shallower,” he said.

The erosion also creates issues with water intake, as water with more sediment is more expensive to treat and requires more chemicals.

Heard said the city’s contribution should fully cover an island in the lake.

Mayor Troy Brumbalow said donations for riprap projects had been given by private individuals and the city of Gainesville and was planned in Forsyth County’s portion of the proposed 1-cent sales tax, SPLOST VIII.

Brumbalow said he’d like the funds to go to one of the islands in Forsyth County.