Earlier this week as part of the Lake Lanier Associations Abandoned and Derelict Dock and Vessel (ADDV) program three boats otherwise known as “The Trio” were removed from Lake Lanier. The US Army Corps of Engineers Lake Sidney Lanier Project Management Office impounded two boats and declared another as hazardous debris clearing the way for the removal.
“The Trio”, made up of a sailboat, a pontoon boat and a sinking houseboat, were removed from the south end of the lake on Wednesday which was a culmination of months of work. These boats were identified in March and actions to remove them from the lake began at that time. The Lake Sidney Lanier Project Office Area Rangers and staff and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division Game Warden Officers completed many visits and follow up actions regarding these vessels over this time period. Ultimately, it was a concerned neighbor that showed the houseboat was sinking that moved the actions forward.
During a quarterly ADDV coordination meeting the status of the removal of the “The Trio” was discussed. An updated photo posted to social media indicated that the houseboat had begun to sink and as a group it was determined that prompt action was needed to avoid any further pollution of the lake.
“These removals this week were a direct result of federal, state and NGO coordination and the successful follow up actions of Ga DNR and the Corps. This houseboat had numerous hazardous items onboard from insulation, glass, metal, gas cans, trash and other debris which would have all ended up in the lake if it was not removed before it had sunk farther.” said Jennifer Flowers, Lake Lanier Association Executive Director “In addition, we want to make it very clear that we are not a junk removal service. Boat owners are being held responsible through criminal and civil penalties. Citations are being written, fines are being given, dock permits are being lost when applicable and arrests are being made. Please avoid this and dispose of your boats and docks properly.”
There are many options for properly disposing of a boat or dock. If anyone needs information on how to dispose of a boat or dock, or would like to report an issue on the lake please contact the Lake Lanier Association at 770-503-7757. Marine Specialties was the contractor for the houseboat removal.