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Old 08-04-2017, 10:38 PM
 
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Fisherman drowned on Chattahoochee River during upstream water release | News | gwinnettdailypost.com

Ok, so I go to the Chattahoocee River often. I know exactly where this happened. I've seen the river while its calm, and I've seen it plenty of times during a full water release. I stay out when water is being released, but it looks like it's not so fast to where a decent swimmer couldn't at least make it to a side...but I guess it is, because stuff like this happens all the time.

And that's why I'm bringing it up.

These stories always end with some official saying to be aware of river conditions, blah blah blah. But here's the bottom line: Buford Dam really doesn't produce that much power. I mean, we could certainly do without out. So instead of letting the dam generate power, why don't we just leave it partially open, so the river flows better than normal, but not so strong that you can get killed in it.

Or why don't we only do water releases in the middle of the night, if we need to for environmental reasons?

Or why don't they install sirens all the way down the river to go off for a couple of minutes before a water release, like the ones they have near Buford Dam? Maybe all the way down to 120 or State Bridge?

Clearly we need to do something to keep people from dying in this darn thing!
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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Since anyone on/in the river is at their own risk, the Corps could give a Buford Dam who might die due to their releases.

This blog post has some interesting info about the Corps of Engineers at Buford Dam and Georgia Power at Morgan Falls.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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A life vest would have cost him $20, or for $30 he could have bought this one to stash all his fishing stuff. Sad story, but people need to take some personal responsibility, especially if they're not strong swimmers.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lixada-Ou...&wl13=&veh=sem
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Vinings
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But here's the bottom line: Buford Dam really doesn't produce that much power.
126 megawatts. That's not nothing. That's power for a few hundred thousand homes.

Totally dwarfs Morgan Falls dam at only 16.8 megawatts capacity.
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