Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend two upcoming meetings with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers regarding Weiss Lake Water Levels and Flood Management.
Those meetings will be held this Tuesday in Rome, Georgia at the Forum River Civic Center, in the Berry/Shorter Room – that’s at 301 Tribune Street from 4:00 – 8:00pm (EASTERN) – and this Wednesday in Gadsden, at the Pitman Theater, 629 Broad Street – also from 4:00 – 8:00pm (CENTRAL).
Jerry Culberson, President of Anglers Unlimited, in a recent interview with the Post – urged everyone to attend those meetings and show their support for Alabama Power’s proposal to raise winter water levels. Culberson says levels are typically six feet lower than they are during the summer, meaning that 50% of the lake has no navigable water during that time and fishing from boat docks is also out of the question; he added that raising winter water levels would be the biggest and best thing to happen to Weiss Lake and the tourism industry.
Those meetings will also include discussions on proposed flood control changes, and it will reportedly include information on the water supply reallocation study. Tourism is vitally important to the economy of Cherokee County and Weiss Lake is without a doubt a most important component of that industry.
Please make plans now to attend one or both of these meetings – that’s this Tuesday (July 31st) in Rome and this Wednesday (August 1st) in Gadsden.
(Information provided in part by the Post/http://www.epostpaper.com/)
Public Scoping meetings (open house format) will be held by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District. USACE is initiating a study to evaluate an increased allocation of storage to water supply at Allatoona Lake and potential flood operation changes for two Alabama Power Company (APC) reservoir projects, Weiss Dam and Lake and the Logan Martin Dam and Lake in the ACT River Basin. The water supply study is part of USACE’s evaluation of a March 30th, 2018 request by the State of Georgia for a water supply storage reallocation. The flood storage analysis will evaluate APC’s proposal to raise the winter water level and, at the same time, lower the upper limit of flood storage at the Weiss and Logan Martin projects that USACE has navigation and flood risk management oversight. USACE intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) on these potential changes to the water control manuals (WCM) for the three projects and to the overall master WCM for the basin.