Man demands solutions for filthy lake


HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Realtor Jerry Guhl said he's fed up with seeing mounds of trash in Lake Lanier, where he lives.

"To me, it's disgusting. It's nature just being destroyed," he said.

Bottles, cans and even a vacuum cleaner are some of the things he's seen float ashore after heavy rain.

The rain carries trash, flowing into Flat Creek, which is at the south end of Lake Lanier. Channel 2's Diana Davis looked into the problem attributed to a runoff that comes from city and county storm drains.

"It comes out of Gainesville somewhere," Guhl said. "It's a moving island of trash."

Davis got her first glimpse of the trash while boating up Flat Creek. Guhl said the islands of trash move across the lake like ice floes of filth.

"We see diapers. We see tires, We see children's play sets. Of course, plastic bottles, beer cans," Guhl said.

Each year, volunteers collect 30 tons of trash from the lake and then it washes back within weeks. After eight years of living in the area, Guhl said he's had enough. He's pushing local authorities to fix the problem.

"It is Atlanta's drinking water. I think if more people see, it's going to raise more people's concern, and maybe we'll get something done about it. But it's unacceptable," he said.


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