Corps of Engineers
Georgia’s Ninth District is blessed with rich resources, including four lakes managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. These lakes provide residents and visitors with an array of opportunities, but they also come with challenges. As the voice of northeast Georgians, I have worked with the Corps of Engineers to serve our communities better, and I’ve held the Corps accountable for the decisions that affect my neighbors.
We can build a more productive relationship with the Corps while reforming policies and proposals to better serve northeast Georgia. When Lake Lanier residents protested the proposal for a new marina at Bolding Mill, we successfully convinced the Corps to suspend the project.
When the Corps of Engineers gave no public notice and unilaterally attempted to change water withdrawal policies for irrigation—which would have affected thousands of Lake Hartwell and Lake Lanier residents—I called on Corps leadership to halt the policy change. The Corps then reversed its irrigation policy and committed not to enact new irrigation policies without providing a period for public comment or opening the door to public input.
Serving northeast Georgia means engaging with the Corps of Engineers to implement policies that work for our unique communities and ensuring that the Corps hears our neighbors’ voices on issues that impact them.
GAINESVILLE—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) announced he will serve as Chair of the Congressional Army Corps of Engineers Reform Caucus for the 116th Congress. The Caucus, formed by Rep. Collins, will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to ensuring the Corps operates in an efficient and cost-effective manner.