Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of treated effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population.
Specifically, in Gwinnett County, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake which is also the primary drinking water source. The transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier. While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past by utilities and other organizations, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.
In response to this identified need, The Water Tower led an effort in partnership with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to create a forum through which stakeholders and technical researchers worked together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Five Year Research Plan.
The Lake Lanier Watershed 5-Year Research Plan is a "living document" and for this reason we welcome your input on any aspect of the plan. To provide feedback, express interest in funding a project, or volunteer for a Project Advisory Committee, please complete the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNR8VLY
Stakeholder Committees, consisting of utilities and other organizations with an interest in the Lake Lanier Watershed, were virtually convened to gain input on challenges and questions they are facing in the watershed. The identified challenges were translated into actionable applied research projects by the Technical Advisory Committee, which includes technical and scientific experts in the water field.
The output of this work is a coordinated Research Plan that provides a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed and benefit multiple water and wastewater utilities and other stakeholders. Topics covered in the Plan include non-point sources, nutrient management, lake water quality, monitoring programs, and stormwater management, among others.
Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among stakeholders and will be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications. Once funded, the applied research projects will be competitively bid with regional and international 3rd party technical expert oversight and managed by The Water Tower. We are currently seeking funding partners. If you are interested in supporting a project under the Research Plan, please contact email@example.com.
This project was funded by Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. Thank you to our terrific collaborative team of individuals from The Water Tower, Gwinnett DWR, Constantine Engineering, and Carollo Engineers.
The Water Tower/Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
Constantine Engineering Group
The TWT Research Advisory Committee will conduct its annual meeting in Q2 to prioritize applied research projects for 2021. Once approved and funded, proposal requests will be issued for each project and posted on the TWT website.
To learn more about this effort and The Water Tower's research activities, contact Kristan VandenHeuvel at firstname.lastname@example.org.