May 23rd, 2011
The Pool opens Friday May 27th @ 11:30am.
Pool Hours will be 11:30am till 7:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Come and enjoy some “Fun in the Sun!”
A professionally managed, fully-stocked snack bar is now operational at the clubhouse. MR. FREDDY BUTTS, a LWW resident and professional food vendor, and
his staff have graciously agreed to do this.
For this service to continue throughout the summer, we must demonstrate a need for it; specifically, we have to USE IT.
You can get hotdogs and hamburgers, chips, and all manner of soft drinks there; and, on certain days, ribs, barbeque, and even steak.
For those who don’t normally have cash on them at the pool area, they do accept credit cards. However, remember to go to the window on the POOL side of the
clubhouse for service, as the clubhouse is often not open during pool & snack bar hours. We are also working on a “voucher” system where you can purchase a voucher at [perhaps] the front office, and then pay with your voucher. That way you don’t have to carry cash down at the pool.
Additionally, Mike Dodds has configured the area for wireless internet service. Look for the wireless network named clubhouse.
Looking forward to seeing you at the pool and at the snack bar. Yum yum !!!
We receive a lot of phone calls about the lake level being too high or too low. Sometimes both calls come within 24 hours of each other. This article is to educate everyone on how the system is designed to work.
The volume of water required to cover an acre of ground to a depth of one foot is known as an acre-foot which is equal to 325,851 gallons of water. Our lake at full pool is a little over 180 Acres, which calculates to about 59 million gallons of water per foot of depth. Taking into consideration there is always water entering the lake from the creeks, I’ve done some rough calculations on the flow capacities of our system. The main maintenance valve will lower the lake approximately 6 inches per day. That computes to a full flow output of just over 29 million gallons per day, or 1.2 Million Gallons per hour, or just over 20,000 gallons a minute.
Yes that is a lot of water, but nothing compared to what Mother Nature can produce.
Consider for a minute the flow of water entering the lake from Colaparchee Creek and Rocky Creek during a thunderstorm. Each has 5 culverts capable of a throughput equivalent to the valve at the dam. That is already 10 times the flow coming into the lake than the valve can output. Also consider both of these inlets are exceeding their capacity to the point of overflowing Greentree Parkway making it impassible. A conservative guess would put it at double the flow those culverts can handle. Now we have 20 times more input than output. Now consider there are better than 20 smaller creeks flowing into the lake when it rains.
As the level of the lake rises, the size of the lake also increases as it encroaches into our yards. If the lake increases 3% for every foot of rise, that would equate to an additional 1.8 million gallons required for every foot of rise on top of the 59 Million for the 180 acres at full pool. So when the lake rises a foot in 2 hours, it means we had an input of 60.8 million gallons and an output from the valve of 2.4 million gallons. Any way you look at it, the maintenance valve is going to lose this race.
Notice I referred to it as a maintenance valve, not a flood valve. To control flooding we have what is called an uncontrolled spillway. The system was designed to protect the dwellings located within Lake Wildwood from the 100 year flood level. It was not designed to prevent water from entering yards. The CC&R’s state that water level is set at 393 Feet and High Water is at 398. A five foot increase in water level is a lot – however, I don’t believe we have seen that this year. We may have come close to 3 feet high on May 3rd when we received over 4 inches of rain. But the next morning the level receded to 18 inches high, and by the end of the day we were nearly back to normal. This means the system is working as designed.
A lot of concern has been expressed about the dredging that took place a few years ago. While the operation was substandard at best, it has little to do with the flooding issues we are facing. If the lake was 50 feet deep, we would still be having these same issues. The quantity of water in the lake below the full pool level will not be changed by excessive rain. The excess input to the lake only affects the area above full pool and size of the surface area of the lake. All other aspects being equal, adding 100 million gallons to a 3 foot deep lake with a surface area of 180 acres will have exactly the same effect as adding 100 million gallons to a 50 foot deep lake with a surface area of 180 acres.
Take 2 glasses of water and fill them to the top. Make 1 glass an 8 ounce tumbler with a top rim opening of 3 inches in diameter and the other a 12 ounce tumbler same size top rim but taller. Now try to pour 4 ounces of water into both glasses. What happens for me is I always get 4 ounces of water spilled on the table around both glasses. The depth or capacity of the vessel makes no difference if the surface area is the same.
Considerations to the design of the spillway include the quantity of water released from the lake and the effect on downstream communities. A lot of engineering went into the design of our flood control system. The width, depth, surface texture, direction of flow, field elevation, and other factors are carefully calculated when designing this type of system. This is a government controlled design and it is illegal to modify it in any manner. We are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the dam and spillway and it gets regular inspections from the inspectors at Georgia Safe Dams. We cannot increase the downstream flow without the approval of Georgia Safe Dams. This would require a long and very expensive process of surveying the lake, dam, spillway, and all areas downstream.
Short of some extreme engineering, approvals from Safe Dams, several million dollars of upgrades, and community approval of the spending, I think it is highly unlikely that we will be able to do any major spillway enhancements anytime soon. I have included the spillway in the roads plan and the enhancements recommended by Georgia Safe Dams will be done in time. But these are design upgrades to control the current flow, not to increase the flow.
Here’s one final tidbit of info for those downstream of our beautiful lake. Rocky Creek and Colaparchee Creek were both here long before Lake Wildwood. They both entered our area in exactly the same place they do now, they join each other right in the middle of what we refer to as the Ski Area, and exit at the spillway. The Creek downstream of the spillway is unchanged by the presence of our lake. The input to and output from our lake is uncontrolled by design. It would not matter if we removed the lake or made it deeper, these creeks would flow the same before entering LWW and after leaving LWW.
We must also keep in mind that the southeast was in a drought for the last 4 years and the rainfall this year is the most this area has seen in over 15 years.
I hope this helps everyone to understand a little more about how the dam and system works.
Mike Kasko [May 17, 2010]
Wow! We’re hitting the ground running this month! We’re hosting two NASCAR events, AND we’re partnering up with Catherine from Best Buy for another Guitar Hero and Madden Tournament! And that’s just March!
Other things to look forward to this year are another Fishing Tournament (and yes, I’m working on a Bass Pro sponsorship!!), a Beastly Beauty Pageant (no, I don’t mean we’re going to dress up Aunt Ruth and her 300 cats – we’re talking womanless!), July 4th and Labor Day Beach Bashes, and don’t forget our Horrifying Haunted House! There will be other events in between, so keep your eyes peeled!
Our NASCAR events this month will be on Sunday, March 21st at 1 pm, and Sunday, March 28th at 1pm. Both events will be at the Clubhouse, so bring your favorite finger food to share and your favorite beverage that isn’t bottled by Coke or Pepsi (we’ll serve the soft drinks!), and let’s watch some racing!
Our all ages, double elimination Video Game Tournament will be on Saturday, March 20th at 1pm, and we will be selling pizza and soft drinks for a dollar a plate! Come prepared for some tough competition (and not so tough, ‘cause I’ll be playing too!), and be ready to have a great time! We’ll be giving away Best Buy gift cards to our winners (and other prizes too), so tune up your air guitars and let’s play!
Also this year, I look forward to getting the Library up and going as soon as the Board deems the Library Room useable for the Library, so if anyone wants to donate books or time or bookcases or supplies, I’d love the help! We’ve already had so many generous donations that I’m a little overwhelmed, and could use an extra pair of hands or two or three or ten just to sort and organize! If you’re interested, please give me a call at 478-288-7687, or email me at AcidReign453@yahoo.com.
I can’t wait to see ya’ll at our events this year! As always, if you have any questions/concerns/suggestions/funny jokes/cute quotes or anything in between, feel free to give me a shout by phone or email or if you run into me at the grocery store! And don’t forget Potluck and the Rec Committee Meeting every 4th Thursday at the Clubhouse! February’s favorite dish goes to Stuart Griffin for his Bowtie Pasta!
Make sure you keep an eye on the Marquee for announcements, and if the guards hand you a flyer, make sure you look at it – bringing it to an event may get you a prize! I’ll be hiding a secret prize notification in some flyers, so you never know when you’ll have a winner unless you come!
“Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.” ~Elbert Hubbard
Hello Boos and Ghouls!
It’s time to get working on our Haunted House! Our first meeting to brainstorm, build, figure out who is going to do what, etc is going to the first Saturday in October [October 3] at the clubhouse ballroom at 10am – I hope to see you all there!
We’ve got some great volunteers, and some fantastic ideas! I cannot wait to start scaring folks!!
The dates of the haunted house are Friday/Saturday Oct 16/17,
Friday/Saturday Oct 23 /24, and
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, Oct 28-30.
We have agreed with the board to NOT have the haunted house on Halloween night because of security concerns.
It’s time for our Annual LWW 4th of July Beach Bach! Come hand out with your neighbors at the beach starting at 5pm on Saturday, July 4th! We’ll be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks for only $1 each! There will also be music, volleyball, a moonwalk for the kids, boat rides, and an explosive grand finale, so come enjoy the fireworks just after dark! And that’s not all! At 8pm the adults are invited to the pool for a Happy Hour Pool Party, so bring your favorite adult beverage and it’s Adult Swim ’til midnight – lifeguard included! Make sure you have your LWW ID and GUEST PASS for any guests! They’re free this year – you can get them at the office.
A Summer Reading program for Elementary school kids, held at the clubhouse for 6 Tuesdays from 6-7pm (beginning June 2).
Play Putt Putt FREE
Please Come and Celebrate The Grand Opening of a Renovation Project
Two L o n g Years in the Making!
We finally did it!
You Must Have Current LWW ID Card To Play
Hot Dog, Chips, Soda and/or Bottled Water and Moon Pie for sale at a cost of only $3.00
EVERYONE will need a Lake Wildwood recreational ID (or guest pass when accompanied by a Lake Wildwood resident) to be admitted. ID’s are FREE, and can be obtained at the front office during regular business hours. (Your dues must be up to date).
Tuesday – Saturday
11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
The Pool WILL be open Memorial Day.