Banks Lake community wants draining stopped - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Banks Lake community wants draining stopped

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man robbed outside Albany restaurant

    Man robbed outside Albany restaurant

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:30:25 GMT
    Police say Albany resident Thomas Holt was leaving Krystal restaurant on Oglethrope early Saturday morning when he was stopped by two black men in the parking lot.One man had a knife, and told Holt to give him his wallet.Holt gave the man his wallet and says the two men left in what he thinks is a white suburban.The APD is investigating the case.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
    Police say Albany resident Thomas Holt was leaving Krystal restaurant on Oglethrope early Saturday morning when he was stopped by two black men in the parking lot.One man had a knife, and told Holt to give him his wallet.Holt gave the man his wallet and says the two men left in what he thinks is a white suburban.The APD is investigating the case.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Seven teenagers shot in Sylvester

    Seven teenagers shot in Sylvester

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:45:10 GMT
    Sylvester police say seven teenagers were shot during a fight at a private party.More >>
    Sylvester police say seven teenagers were shot during a fight at a private party.More >>
  • Americus city council set to look at recycling again

    Americus city council set to look at recycling again

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:24 AM EDT2014-07-26 06:24:53 GMT
    Americus city leaders are proposing a new curbside recycling program that won't cost residents. It comes after lots of folks got angry when they found out items they thought were being recycled were just going to the landfill. More >>
    Americus city leaders are proposing a new curbside recycling program that won't cost residents. It comes after lots of folks got angry when they found out items they thought were being recycled were just going to the landfill. More >>

December 13, 2007

Lakeland - The water level is low at Banks Lake in Lanier County, but it's not because of the drought.

"Its already dropped a foot since last week.  It dropped about two inches over since last night," says James Gyr, a concerned Lakeland resident.

Officials with the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge are draining the lake by six feet to battle weeds and improve the fishing.

But some South Georgians are worried it will affect their water.  "A lot of wells in Lanier and Lowndes County could run dry because it is a large water source over there. About 11 thousand acres," Gyr adds.

And with a primary source of water being rain, that they'll have a hard time filling it back up again. Their fear is echoed across the state.

For the past two years the lake has been drained at Reed Bingham to combat the weeds.  But this year, the water level is so low they don't want to take that gamble.

"Due to the drought situation, it's just a huge gamble and I just don't think we need to gamble with our natural resources this year. We need to protect them," says Park Manager Chet Powell.

Critics believe that's the smartest way to go and want the draining stopped.  "I agree that we need it but not this time of year. It's ridiculous that this time of year, during a drought, to try and lower the level," Gyr says.

And tried again when it's a little wetter.

The Fish and Wildlife Services say they don't expect the project to affect local wells and expect no problems raising the levels in February.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=bankslake