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Lake Lanier
March 1, 1950 Herman Talmadge, Walter George, Richard B. Russell and William Hartsfield break ground on the Corps of Engineers project, Lake Lanier
  Lake Lanier
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
February 1, 1956 The gates on Lake Lanier's dam, between Buford and Cumming, Georga, close, beginning the containment of the most popular Corps of Engineers lake in the Southeast.
  Lake Lanier
October 9, 1957 Dedication of the completed Lake Lanier dam.
  Lake Lanier
  Sidney Lanier
May 25, 1959 Lake Lanier reaches its normal height (1,070 feet above sea level) for the first time.
  Lake Lanier
December 8, 2004 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was forced to detonate a pipe bomb found in rocks by a fisherman in the vicinity of the Buford Dam powerhouse at Lake Lanier. Police closed off access to the dam during the operation.
  Lake Lanier
February 5, 2008 A Washington D. C. court of appeals hands Georgia a major loss in its water wars with Florida and Alabama. The three-judge panel held that Georgia did not have a right to increase its draw of water from Lake Lanier
  Lake Lanier
June 29, 2011 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a 2009 ruling by Judge Paul Magnuson and directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider giving Georgia permanent access to Lake Lanier water.
  Lake Lanier

Long a dream of Atlanta mayor William Hartsfield, the creation of Lake Lanier would serve to provide power and water for the rapidly growing city. Richard B. Russell, on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee was an easy convert to the project, as was Walter George. With the election of Herman Talmadge in 1947 the project seemed instoppable.

The first land purchased was Shadburn's Ferry. all the farmland and riverfront property in the Chattahoochee River Valley south of Belton, Georgia below 1072 feet, along with a substantial additional perimeter, were acquired by the state. Those who would not sell had their property condemned, then given fair market value.

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