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Rule change means Lake Lanier property owners cant use lake water for lawns, gardens

BUFORD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that property owners on Lake Lanier can no longer use lake water for lawns and gardens.

According to a news release from the corps, the laws directing the construction of the dams and reservoirs, which date to the 1940s, never authorized irrigation in any amount.

Lisa Parker, deputy public affairs officer with the corps, said in a statement that the new rules affect “all property owners who have a permit to pump water from the reservoirs for their lawns and gardens and other uses.”

“Water may still be pumped from the reservoirs to wash permitted docks and boats moored at docks, so long as the water falls back into the reservoir,” she said. “This new restriction brings shoreline management into compliance with federal law.”

The changes took effect Jan. 1.