Date of Award

May 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)


City and Regional Planning

Committee Member

Caitlin Dyckman

Committee Member

Stephen Buckman

Committee Member

John Gaber


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages over 400 lakes across the United States. In addition to managing their creation purposes, like flood control and hydropower generations, the Corps manages shoreline use of over 12 million acres of land surrounding these lake. Lake Hartwell, located on the Savannah River between South Carolina and Georgia, is one of the most developed. However, there is little research on how lake adjacent property owners are educated on the rules they face when using the shoreline. This study focused on real estate agents in the Lake Hartwell area and how they facilitate the transfer of information about the Corps of Engineers to lakefront buyers. While there is nothing in state law requiring that such information be disclosed, real estate agents are marketing properties using the amenities the Corps provides, and buyers have an interest in understanding the effect Corps regulations can have on their use of the lake and the value of their property.



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