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Gwinnett Urges Action On Water Supply

BUFORD, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County) The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved two resolutions today urging the U.S. Congress to clarify the use of Lake Lanier for public water supply and recreational purposes and to raise the lake’s full pool elevation.

Since 1973, Gwinnett County has had Army Corps of Engineers’ authorization to withdraw water and use storage space for public water supply in Lake Lanier under the Water Supply Act. However, a 2009 U.S. District Court ruling that water supply is not an authorized use of Lanier jeopardizes that authorization.

Gwinnett produces enough water to supply 224,000 households and 14,000 businesses and to provide fire protection for more than 800,000 residents. Gwinnett County has proven itself to be a good steward of its water supply, according to Lynn Smarr, water resources acting director.

Lake Lanier invites people to test new program

Lake Lanier invites people to test new program

BUFORD -- On March 15th, Lake Lanier Islands Resort will be launching their new Legacy Corporate Wellness program which will offer fitness, lifestyle and nutrition classes and training; as well as horseback riding, healthy restaurant eating and yoga.

This will be a meeting of corporate event planner can incorporate wellness aspects into their gatherings. The Legacy Wellness Evaluation for individuals or groups, coupled with the adoption of a company-wide wellness initiative like the Legacy Wellness’ innovative Walkingspree iWalk program, may very well lead to lower health benefit costs across the board.

The event will conclude with a healthy lunch for all attendees that will include a brief cooking lesson and demonstration from a resort chef.

This event will be held from 10AM until Noon. Lake Lanier Islands Resort is located at 700 Holiday Road in Lake Lanier Islands.

County Gets Boost In Funds For State Route Widening

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by Gwinnett County Transportation) The Board of Commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with Georgia DOT that will allow the County to accept an additional $28 million in funding for right-of-way acquisition to widen SR 20/Cumming Highway near Sugar Hill from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The County received $11 million in federal and state funds in October 2010 to purchase right-of-way and easements from approximately 200 properties located along State Route 20. The County is funding land acquisition services associated with the project and acquisitions are now underway.    

This is the last of three projects to replace the only remaining two-lane sections of State Route 20 in Gwinnett.

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ATLANTA — (ARC) Through the annual CREATE Community Local Government Awards program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will recognize five local governments for their innovation and efforts to make the Atlanta region a better place.

The CREATE awards recognize several areas of achievement: Community Involvement & Collaboration (Fayette County), Regional Prosperity & Economic Development (City of Stone Mountain), Environmental Sustainability (Gwinnett County), Application & Innovation in Technology (Fulton County) and Educational Excellence (City of Decatur).

Environmental Sustainability:

AWARD WINNER –Gwinnett County, Gas to Energy Project

With their new “Gas to Energy” system being built at the F.

Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics Georgia

Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to Raise Money for Special Olympics Georgia

BUFORD -- (Gwinnett Co. Sheriff’s Department) The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in the February 17th, Polar Plunge at Lake Lanier to help raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.

The second annual Polar plunge event will be at the island’s Beach and Water Park in Buford. More than 250 plungers have registered from various agencies and businesses across metro Atlanta. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s team has approximately 20 plungers waiting to brave the icy waters.

The Polar Plunge is at 2 p.m. and the gates open at 11 a.m. There will be food, music, costume contests, a bounce house, dunking booths and Special Olympics athlete appearances. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics.

Proposed Light Rail Recieves Funds from FTA Alternatives Analysis Program

Proposed Light Rail Recieves Funds from FTA Alternatives Analysis Program

Atlanta, GA --- Two proposed light rail lines in the metro Atlanta region received a boost today in the form of federal funding awards. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25.7 million in competitively awarded grants through the Alternative Analysis grant program to help community officials in 15 states evaluate and select the best options to help place new or expanded transit systems in their communities. Cobb and Gwinnett Counties were both beneficiaries of the program.

Gwinnett County, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) and Gwinnett Place CID jointly received a $600,000 grant to fund the analysis for a line the groups have been studying for three years.

Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

On Saturday, December 18th, the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Suwanee, have teamed up to bring a powerful message of what can go wrong if you are not properly caring for a live Christmas tree. 

A mock room has been constructed in the parking lot and will be complete with a live tree and furnishings.  The tree will be burned to demonstrate the dangers of a live tree that is not properly cared for.  Information will also be available for those who use an artificial tree to decorate for the holidays.  This will be a highly graphic and visual demonstration.  The media is asked to please help get the word out about this important and timely event.  The media is also invited to attend and cover the burn.  The safety fair is from 11 a.m.