Don't be taken in by an alarmist, Lake Sinclair is clean and safe

If you have recently see the self appointed river-watcher who has been posting "alert" on social media don't have a cow just yet. And if you haven't seen it I won't be posting a link because I don't believe in spreading false accusations. Georgia Power, who owns the lake, and has a vested interest in keeping it clean and safe has responded to the accusation.  And yes, from time to time discharge of ash pond water is necessary. It is also under permit.

That being said, the EPD annually publishes Fish Consumption Guidelines. This report is generally published in the summer months. The 2015 report can be found at this link today. If it's after July and the link is no longer working you can go to the DNR page and the new link is generally found at the top of the page.

I love Lake Sinclair. I would be very upset if anyone were illegally dumping toxic waste into the lake. But we had over ten inches of rain in a very short period and the fact of the matter is that water has to flow somewhere when it's landing in the ash ponds. But I know and trust that those in charge at Georgia Power love the lake as much as I do and only do what they are legally permitted to do because it's safe.

And the EPD has given a statement now to back up what I just said. Here is a news story on that

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Comment balloon 12 commentsTammy Lankford, • January 07 2016 12:06PM


Good post, stating the truth about Lake Sinclair.  Some people just find it necessary to post information without having the facts. 

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) about 5 years ago

Unfortunately sensationalism often gets too much attention Tammy. Thank you for putting the truth out there for all to see, it shows you truly care for your community!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 5 years ago

So sad that someone would jeopardize the value of your beautiful lake with sensationalism!  Glad you set everyone straight, Tammy!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 5 years ago

Way to go!  Combat "FUD" (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) with facts from trusted sources!  Good job spreading the word and not giving a link and "power" to the alarmist!

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties ( about 5 years ago

There is always more than 1 side to a story and it sounds like someone may not have their facts correct.

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Good morning Tammy. We live on water, a few years ago there was a rumor that waste had gotten into the water. We called the state to test the water, after that was done, it turned out to be BS.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 5 years ago

This is good information for anyone thinking of buying a home in the area.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago

Good morning Tammy. I think some folks just have too much time and feel they need to make a point: rightly or wrongly. Too bad.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

Linda Guess  for sure.  I have no issues at all with those who watch and report. But posting all over the Internet and using words like "alert" and making false accusations were just wrong.

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin I'm not sure her motives were bad, but her methods were.

Debe Maxwell not sure her motives were bad, but reporting something to the EPD for investigation is one thing, to accuse the power company of pollution with intent was totally wrong.


Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA the posts were being shared with lightening speed. It was sort of "facts be damned".  It was heartbreaking to watch.  

Jeff Dowler CRS And I try not to be a rush to judgment person.  And while I believe this person may be well intentioned, we all know where that road goes.

Joe Petrowsky well there was some ash pond water released, but it was permitted, monitored and from the top and mostly rain water. Again we had extraordinary amounts of rainfall in late December.  The plant itself has been closed for 9 months now. So no new ash is being added.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Gita Bantwal and for those who have purchased here in recent years who might have been alarmed by those posts

Sheila Anderson I really have zero issue with environmental watchdogs. But report it to the authorities, don't scream the sky is falling before the facts are known.  After a couple of times of doing that she'll be written off as a nut job. Then if she does find something no one will believe her. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Tammy - there are alarmists out there and then there are people with agendas.  It is important to set the record straight.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 5 years ago