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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.

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October 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced they will pause and reassess a fee increase for dock and land-based facility permits along the shorelines of Federal reservoirs and waterways in the South Atlantic Division.

August 26, 2019
Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Rick Allen (R-Ga.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) sent a second letter to the U.S.

June 14, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), and Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) today sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) requesting information on the anticipated cost increase for dock and facility permits.

March 18, 2019
Press Release

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.

June 7, 2018
Press Release
"I'm glad to see provisions in this infrastructure bill that would increase the influence that residents of Northeast Georgia have over their water resources, homes and communities, and I'll continue holding the Corps accountable for how it manages lakes in Northeast Georgia."
November 17, 2017
Press Release
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging it to expedite its review of the proposal regarding Hart State Park.
July 28, 2017
Press Release
"My chief concern is that residents near Lakes Lanier and Hartwell have a platform for communicating their interests to the Corps, and we continue to make progress on this front."
February 25, 2016
Press Release
"Changing a process that used to be simple into a bureaucratic maze, and forcing applicants to submit personal information that has little to do with the situation, is unnecessary and only serves to further weaken the relationship between the community and the Corps."