I know that he knows the Lake I love…..
Both personally and professionally, I have loved Lake Lanier and worked to protect it in many different ways. Personally, I have lived on the Lake for over ten years and I am a former board member of the Lake Lanier Association, the Upper Chattahoochee Basin Group and the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Tri-State Study. That is why I am very interested in who would best represent us on the state level as well as the federal level in protecting the lake.
Professionally, I have worked in three non-profit organizations that have as one of their goals to clean up Lake Lanier annually, and to establish adopt-a-stream programs to keep the streams that feed into the lake clean. Prior to the 1996 Olympics, we established a committee called “Comm-Clean” to not only cleanup Hall County but to make sure our county and lake were pristine for “all the world” to see during that special time. We had over 950 participants in this cleanup task force, including mayors, college presidents, boy scouts, and people from all professions that wanted to make sure that Hall County and Lake Lanier presented a clean and beautiful face for all the world to see at the Olympics. Awards of accommodation both locally as well as two state awards were given to us for these projects.
Lee Hawkins is running for Congress in the July 20th Primary Election and he is the only one running in this race that has any experience with Lake Lanier issues. Lee has sponsored legislation at the state level regarding raising the lake level from 1071 ft. to 1073 ft. In fact, he and Sen. Jack Murphy (Forsyth Co.) went to Washington and met with the Assistant Secretary of the Army to discuss the issue of raising the full pool of Lanier to 1073. Lee also authored SR1052 which urged Congress to amend the rules that manage the levels of Lanier in times of extreme drought. He also co-sponsored SR107 urging Congress to facilitate the building of reservoirs upstream of Lanier. This would store release water to supplement and stabilize the level of Lanier. Lee supports that recreation be made an authorized purpose of the lake and will draft legislation to amend the 1942 Rivers and Harbor Act to include recreation as a recognized use of Lanier.
Lee has also said that we need to continue to pursue the creation of additional reservoirs by a state and congressional approach and that he will work to implement these changes in Congress.
Because of this, I am supporting Lee Hawkins for Congress. I have been a volunteer in his campaign since April of this year and know that he is a conservative candidate, supports Lake Lanier, is honest and has run a small successful business for over 30 years. I think he is the only candidate in the race that can best represent the people of the 9th District.