Gwinnett County Looks To Reduce Lake Lanier Dependence

Per the Gwinnett Daily Post, County officials are looking into creating a new water reservoir to reduce their dependence on Lake Lanier.

Chairman Charles Bannister, who is seeking re-election, said in a campaign press release he directed County Administrator Jock Connell to look into the idea, since the legislature recently passed a new law to speed up the state process for building reservoirs. Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to sign the legislation today at Lake Lanier.


  1. StevePerkins says:

    Bannister’s on a roll lately! I’m thrilled to see the county slowing altering it’s direction on illegal immigration (only an entire year after Lorraine Green started making it a campaign issue). Now Bannister has also come up with the idea of Gwinnett building water reservoirs (only 6 months after Green proposed this).

    At the rate Bannister is improving, by the time the election gets here he may only be a day or two behind Green in putting her ideas into his press releases!

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Hmmm…perhaps Green’s company will be used as a sub- of a sub- of a sub-contractor to perform the environmental studies that will likely take place.

    Who does make the decision on which contractors are used to perform studies and such for new projects in Gwinnett County?

  3. StevePerkins says:

    I’m not 100% sure, but I assume that would be the County Commission, Bill (or at least they should have ultimate accountability for the decision). However, I’m not sure how practical it would be to impose conflict of interest checks… given that we’ve been told for the past several years that we lack the ability to even require that contractors be able to work legally in this country at all.

  4. Bill Simon says:


    You lost me. How are “conflicts of interest” issues related to “illegal aliens” working for contractors related?

    OR…are you merely of the opinion that if one part of a law somewher is not being pursued with vigor, then that means ALL LAWS should be ignored? That perhaps we should just go into anarchy?

  5. StevePerkins says:

    It’s called sarcasm. Sarcasm is where you say something ironic, for purpose of humor or derision. You speculated (wildly) that Green could benefit from a water reservoir study, and asked who checks for such conflicts of interest with contractors. I noted that, ironically, we’re not even checking for legal employment status with contractors. Hence, sarcasm.

  6. PegM says:

    I may be incorrect, but I was of the understanding that this whole reservoir notion came out of the Gwinnett delegation down at the capitol. Those virtues where extolled at the last GOP breakfast. Perhaps this is the chicken or the egg?


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