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Dam celebrates 50th

March 16, 2007

Lake Seminole--  Today's celebration commemorated not just a dam, but a landmark that's had a huge impact on the region for half a century.   The dam is a source for hydro-power, it helps with navigation, provides recreation, and serves a host of other purposes.

It's an asset to multiple counties in south Georgia, and North Florida, and that's why multiple communities came together Friday to celebrate.

 Sheriff Wiley Griffin\Decatur County] & Wanda Castro\Daughters of Guy Attaway] <

The Jim Woodruff lock and dam sits where the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers come together. It's what formed Lake Seminole, a vital component for nearby communities.   "It's just an opportunity to get people to come to south Georgia. You know, for the fishing, for the beauty.  Because it is a beautiful place," said Decatur County sheriff, Wiley Griffin. 

Built by the Army Corps of Engineers, it took ten years and more than $46 million at the time, to construct.  "This is really an important milestone for the Corps of Engineers and for the local community, 50 years of great service to the nation," said Colonel Peter Taylor of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

For the daughters of the dam's first lock master, Guy Attaway, this place, and the day's celebration are of special importance.  "Its just a very special place to us, and every time we cross that bridge and see that little lock house over there we think of our dad," said Janice Cox-Attaway.

But everyone here has a reason why they're celebrating.  The dam serves a host of purposes.  "The navigation aspects, the hydro-power aspects, these projects are of huge importance to the region and the nation," said Taylor.

"It is a great asset to Decatur County, the Jim Woodruff Dam, for not only hydro-electric power, that's most important, but recreation for Decatur County and our neighboring counties," Griffin said.

The celebration also included the unveiling of a new name: The Woodruff Seminole Site.  But even with a new name, everyone believes the dam will continue to serve them with the same stability it has for the last fifty years, for fifty more.

A large time capsule was filled with photographs and memorabilia from the dam. It was sealed and will be opened in the year 2032, twenty-five years from now. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with powerhouse tours and boat races.


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