This is MAJOR news!!!
In a joint announcement between Georgia Power and the U.S. Corps of Engineers a voluntary drawdown of lake Tugaloo will start on April 8th.Â Â According to Randall Shehenfous of Georgia Power there are several undisclosed repairs that are required to Tugalo dam.Â Â The drawdown will happen slowly as to not incurr major flooding downstream of the dam and to pose less dramatic change for the fish population in lake Tugaloo.Â Â Georgia Power, the Corps of Engineers, DNR, Fish and Wildlife departments will all work in a joint effort to make certain the enviromental impact is minimal.Â Â The Department of Homeland Security has announced that there will be a 1/2 mile area around the dam that will be off limits to anyone not involved in the project.Â Â The repairs are expected to be completed by May 13th.
What does this mean for paddlers?Â Â Everything below the five falls on the Chattooga will be able to be seen again.Â Â The sediment and debris will most likely be high but paddlers should be able to see what the river once looked like.Â Â With any luck the real Bull Sluice and Sock-im-dog rapids will reappear.Â Â The riverbed below Tugalo dam may also hold some interesting prospects as well. Should be pretty cool!