Tonight (August 1st) is the second of two meetings being hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in which presentations will be made and information will be provided regarding the winter time lake levels for Weiss Lake and Lake Logan Martin.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is initiating a study to evaluate, among other things – the potential flood operation changes for those Alabama Power Company reservoir projects.
The water supply study is part of an evaluation of a March 30th (2018) request by the State of Georgia for a water supply storage reallocation. The flood storage analysis will evaluate Alabama Power’s proposal to both raise the winter water level and lower the upper limit of flood storage at the Weiss and Logan Martin projects.
Alan Peeples, Manager of Reservoir Management with Alabama Power, who served as guest speaker at this week’s meeting of the Centre Rotary Club, explained how tonight’s meeting would be formatted:
The first of those two meetings took place last night at the Forum in Rome, Georgia, and Ian and Deborah Galloway, who were in attendance, and own property in the Weiss Lake area – shared their thoughts on the issue:
Locally Alabama Power has recommended a three foot draw down instead of the current six foot draw down.
Higher winter water levels would essentially translate to more open boat ramps and access to those creeks and coves not normally accessible in winter due to low water levels and this would make recreational lots available for use year ‘round to a much greater degree – while also providing a number of other benefits, including potential increases in property value.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 4:00 – 8:00 at the Pitman Theater, 629 Broad Street. We encourage everyone to attend that meeting to learn more about the impact regarding water levels and flood management.