CUMMING — State environmental officials, city of Cumming leaders and the Mashburn family are hoping for a big turnout Wednesday at a public hearing Wednesday night on the future of Lake Alice.
A May 19 dam breach that carried water and silt from the small lake into a nearby cove of Lake Lanier could be resolved after the meeting.
Since the breach, which occurred during heavy rains, there have been many talks between the three entities. With a remediation plan in place, however, repairs and cleanup could begin.
The plan is for the Mashburn family to install a weir structure instead of replacing the dam, something all parties appear to agree is the best course of action.
A weir is a barrier that forms an obstruction smaller than most dams, pooling water behind it while also allowing it to flow steadily over the top.
Once the structure can effectively stem sediment from the lake’s bed from reaching Lanier, the city would be responsible for dredging and cleaning the cove.
Further details of the plan will be available during the hearing, which is set for 6 p.m. at Cumming City Hall.
Michael Carvalho, attorney for the Mashburn family, which owned a large portion of the dam, has said the public hearing “presents an opportunity for the community to participate in the conceptual remediation design and to share their comments, questions and concerns.”
Both the family and city, which owned a large part of the lake’s water have agreed on the plan, as has the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division.
Scott Morgan, director of the Cumming Department of Planning & Zoning, has said he expects some public comments Monday.
“Perhaps there will be an idea presented which the engineers had not considered,” Morgan said. “It is important people attend and participate so they can better understand how this situation will be resolved and offer meaningful input towards that resolution.”