Question of the Week – Buford Dam
Posted by romeethredge on February 14, 2014
Last week I was in the Buford Dam, literally. This last November we had a County Agent association Meeting at Lake Lanier and some of us enjoyed a tour of the dam. I was interested of course due to the fact that the Chattahoochee continues on to Seminole County, so this is some of the water we swim and fish in every year. The dam produces hydroelectric power and helps supply water to Atlanta. Lake Lanier water level was up and looking good while we were there.
Here are a few more photos of the area.
Here below, we are standing on the dam looking south. They rerouted the flow of the river towards the west. In the distance you can see the original flow of the Chattahoochee up against the tree line. There’s no lock for boat traffic here.
This is taken from just above the water outflow on the down river side, where water goes through the dam. It never goes over the dam. there is a flow around at some other location.
They had some good mowers keeping the grass and other vegetation at bay.
Here is this week’s question. A lady brought this in to us to identify. It’s a small tree in her backyard that blooms very early every year. What is it?