The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) officially lifted the Level 1 drought status Thursday, meaning Douglas County is no longer in drought conditions, according to the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority.
Due to a fall and winter of healthy rainfall, the Georgia EPD has lifted the Level 1 Drought Response for all affected counties in the metro area.
“As we approach seasons with high water usage, we encourage everyone to continue to use conservation efforts and practice good stewardship of our water resources,” said Lyndsey Sargent, spokesperson with the WSA.
Conservation and efficiency are still critical to protecting metro Atlanta’s water supply. Georgia EPD and the Metro Water District encourage continued water conservation and water-saving habits and actions. Tips on water conservation can be found by visiting mydropcounts.com to learn more about how to conserve water and become more water efficient.
While there are no restrictions on outdoor water usage, citizens are asked to keep in mind that landscape watering may only be done before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day, Sargent said.
Dog River Recreational Complex now open for season
The Dog River Recreational Complex is open for the new season. Season passes may be purchased at the administrative building located at 8763 Hospital Drive in Douglasville.
The complex is open daily at 7:30 a.m. and closes from 6 to 8 p.m. evenings, determined by daylight hours.
The Dog River Recreational Complex is open to Douglas County’s residents, Douglas County property owners, Douglas County business owners, and their guests.
The complex, located off Highway 166, opened for the season on March 1 and closes for the season on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day when, except for season pass-holders, it is closed to the general public through February.
During the open season, the recreational complex offers fishing, a boat dock, fishing pier, johnboat rental, a pavilion for rental, picnic tables, grills, gazebo, vending machines and restroom facilities.
The Dog River Reservoir, in addition to being the county’s principal drinking water supply, is one of Douglas County’s most unique and precious natural resources rich with history.
To share the peace and tranquility of the Reservoir, the DRRC was first opened in July of 1994. It was the recommendation of a Citizen Advisory Group formed at that time to restrict the visitors to only Douglas County’s residents, property and business owners, and their guests.
WSA’s Board adopted the recommendation and continues the practice to this day in order to keep the 1.9 billion gallons of water in the lake – the community’s drinking water source – as clean as possible. In order for the reservoir to serve its dual purpose of water supply and recreational facility, regulations have been established to protect water quality and to ensure the safety of users of the Complex.
“WSA manages the complex with water quality as its priority. That’s why officials preserved forested areas, which naturally filter water, and built gravel roadbeds, which absorb motor oil and other urban runoff to protect our water supply. That’s also why swimming and gasoline-powered boats are prohibited,” said WSA Executive Director Gil Shearouse.
All residents 16-and-older are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession when fishing in the Dog River Reservoir or any Georgia freshwater lake.
Visit https://goo.gl/igEQ8M for a complete list of rules, fees and other information including a map.