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The plans to rename the lake and dam are due to the fact the lake and town are named after former members of the Confederate army.
(Reeves Jackson, 11alive.com) GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The proposal to rename Lake Sidney Lanier and Buford Dam has now been halted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The recommendation to change the name of the popular lake, which accompanies a massive space that includes Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties, was previously made by the Department of Defense’s Naming Commission.
The report listed the two together since they are conjoined, also citing the Buford Dam, which appropriates Lake Lanier, and is named for the City of Buford. The Naming Commission listed the city as the namesake of LTC Algernon Sidney Buford, who played a role in the Civil War by serving in the Virginia Militia.
However, that is not the same “Sidney” that Lake Lanier is named after — the lake is named after poet Sidney Lanier, who also served in the Confederate States Army as a private.
Georgia state Rep. Andrew Clyde (R – 09) released a statement after the renaming project was put on pause, calling the plans to rename the lake a “severely misguided proposal.”
“The USACE’s decision to pause its efforts is…Lake Lanier, Buford Dam renaming plans on hold | 11alive.com