Jan. 26 Newsletter on Lake Cumberland/Wolf Creek Dam
Friends of Lake Cumberland –
Several representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers briefed top officials in Governor Ernie Fletcher’s administration on Friday. The two hour briefing was given to about 100 people dealing with all aspects of the lake – tourism, fish and wildlife, drinking water, power supply, etc.
In brief here are some of the major points the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made:
The target date for 680’ is Feb 12th.
Water will be lowered 4-6” a day until 687’, then will lower approx 1’ per day until 682’, then a slower reduction to 680’
The eight ramps that are expected to remain open are listed below
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the boat ramps below will still be accessible at 680 elevation:
The risk of failure to the dam is high, NOT imminent.
Look for detailed media coverage on the meeting in Saturday’s newspapers and for more detailed info from the Commerce Cabinet in this newsletter next week.
The Corps was given a list of questions that were asked during the town hall meeting on Wednesday, as well as complete minutes of the meeting. They promised to answer those questions and get them back to us next week.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Even at an elevation of 680 – Lake Cumberland is still the third largest lake (surface area/acres) in Kentucky with 37,680 acres of pure pleasure to take advantage of.
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ITEMS OF INTEREST
SIZES OF OTHER LAKES IN KENTUCKY
Kentucky Lake=160,000 acres with 48,100 in Ky
Barkley Lake=57,920 acres with 45,600 in Ky
Barren River Lake=10,000 acres
Dale Hollow Lake=27,700 acres with 4300 in Ky
Cave Run Lake=8270 acres
Green River Lake=8210
Corps of Engineers to hold public meetings on dams 01/25/2007
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled three public meetings in Tennessee to discuss the vulnerabilities of Wolf Creek and Center Hill dams.
Corps officials announced on Monday that they would be lowering the level of Lake Cumberland in southern Kentucky because of seepage at the foundation of the mile-long Wolf Creek dam that poses a high risk of failure.
The three public meetings are scheduled in Nashville and two of its northern suburbs, Hendersonville and Gallatin. All sit on the Cumberland River and could be at risk for damage if the dam failed.
Corps engineers were expected to attend the meetings and show floodplain maps for the two rivers. The Corps began a $309 million project last year to reinforce the Wolf Creek Dam.
The Corps announced last month that it planned to reduce the level of the Center Hill Lake dam on the Caney Fork River, after workers noticed muddy discharges at the base of the dam while drilling.
But the Corps said later the same week it had determined the mud came from silt driven from the bottom by waves and it did not believe the dam needed to be lowered immediately. It will continue studying existing seepage problems through 2007.
The Caney Fork River flows north from the dam into the Cumberland River at Carthage.
The meeting schedule, all times Central:
_ Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Metro North Police Precinct, 2231 26th Ave. N., Nashville.
_ Monday, Feb. 12, Hendersonville City Hall, 101 Maple Drive N., Hendersonville.
_ Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., Gallatin City Hall, 132 W. Main St., Gallatin. ___
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