“This is a great way for people who care about the lake to talk about the issues facing the lake,” said Sean Nicholl, chairman of the Lake Allatoona Association.
Those in attendance included state Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta).
Nicholl said the group discussed maintaining the lake’s summer water level throughout the fall and into the winter. The Army Corps of Engineers manages the lake and drains it down 17 feet each fall.
Nicholl said the decrease in water level exposes portions of the lake’s bottom. Rainfall then washes soil, debris and trash into the lake, affecting water quality.
Nicholl said they also talked about preparations for the upcoming Great Allatoona Cleanup. The annual event is designed to help clean litter and trash from the lake’s shores after the summer travel season.
Nicholl said about 4,000 volunteers were needed for this year’s cleanup, set for Sept. 17. The 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona has about 270 miles of shoreline in Cherokee, Cobb and Bartow counties. The event is organized by the Lake Allatoona Association and the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority. The association is a nonprofit group focused on providing educational and conservation information to the public.