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Walls need work after high flows a few weeks ago and lack of maintenance over winter, but it's good. It's not as good as it was between 2004 and 2013, but it's good. Some of us will be working on the walls before long. It's best to avoid putting anything smaller than 150+ pound rocks on the end adjacent to the hole. Anything smaller than 150 to 200 pounds adjacent to the hole just washes into the hole Also, the upstream "buffer" wall is a critical feature. Without a sold upstream buffer wall, the main wall can't do its job.
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Just a powerful mental image of fear from my first encounter with it...
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Favorite Runs: Places with exposed, sculpted bedrock
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Table 3 found in a pdf file linked on the line above release dates on Broofield's Cheoah page (see link below) indicates that releases begin at 1am on the first day of a weekend of releases. Other footnotes to the table identify flow amounts by hour (such as hour 8 and hour 32). For example, it says for the upcoming release there'll be 1000cfs "hour 8 through hour 11 (4hours)..." I interpret that as 8am-noon. Correct? If so do the following days/times look correct for 2017?

feb 25, 26
1000cfs 8am-12pm 25th
600cfs 12pm-5pm 25th
400cfs 5pm-8am 25th-26th
200cfs 8am-7pm 26th
100cfs 7pm-8pm 26th

march 25, 26, 27
1000cfs 8am-4pm 25th
600cfs 4pm-12pm 25th-26th
300cfs 12pm-4pm 26th-27th

april 22, 23
1000cfs 8am-4pm 22nd
350cfs 4pm-8am 22nd-23rd
1000cfs 8am-2pm 23rd
850cfs 2pm-4pm 23rd

april 28, 29, 30
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th
350cfs 4pm-8am 28th-29th
1000cfs 8am-2pm 29th
850cfs 2pm-4pm 29th
300cfs 4pm-4pm 29th-30th

may 6, 7
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th
350cfs 4pm-8am 28th-29th
1000cfs 8am-2pm 29th
850cfs 2pm-4pm 29th

may 13, 14
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th
350cfs 4pm-8am 28th-29th
1000cfs 8am-2pm 29th
850cfs 2pm-4pm 29th

may 20, 21
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th
350cfs 4pm-8am 28th-29th
1000cfs 8am-2pm 29th
850cfs 2pm-4pm 29th

july 8, 9
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th
350cfs 4pm-8am 28th-29th
1000cfs 8am-2pm 29th
850cfs 2pm-4pm 29th

sept 9
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th

nov 4
1000cfs 8am-4pm 28th

https://renewableops.brookfield.com/en/Presence/North-America/Recreation-and-Safety/Smoky-Mountain-Hydro/Recreation-and-Flow/Santeetlah
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I asked a couple days ago why waivers, volunteers, etc. were part of the protocol for paddling Tallulah. If anyone "out there" dorks out on this stuff the way I did last night, then the following summary might be of interest.

I think the answer to my question is that Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) and Georgia Power run the show, and that the FERC license gives GDNR the power to impose such requirements.

Specifics from the license follow. Thanks, Katie, for referencing a webpage with a link to the relevant FERC license ( http://www.hydroreform.org/projects/north-georgia-p-2354 ).

Please correct me if I've made any mistakes.

1. The federal government (e.g., EPA), various paddling and environmental advocacy groups, and various people clearly put in a lot of work to balance the need for energy production with recreation and ecological concerns.

2. The license is in effect from 1996 through 2036

3. Pages 13 & 14 of the FERC license state that Georgia Power will lease 3000 acres of its land to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) for Tallulah Gorge State Park & Conservation Area. It continues that GDNR will control recreational use of the park.

4. Page51 of the FERC license (which is page 2 of Appendix B) states that Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) will manage registration of boaters, and that boaters must register before accessing the river. It continues that GDNR can deny access to a person if the person fails to meet various criteria.

5. Page 52 of the FERC license (i.e., page 3 of Appendix B) states that GDNR can limit access to the river to 120 people times the number of releases. With the current 10 releases, I guess that means GDNR could limit access to one trip for 1200 people or more than one trip for fewer than 1200 people.
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file:///C:/Users/Asus%202/Downloads/19961008-0044(12504857).pdf

Scroll to the bottom to read. Also, I know this is a bit of a controversial topic, but I've heard multiple people state that the Tallulah Race can bring on more potential releases, or even acquire a special 'Race Release'. Read the special conditions. The license states there is potential to acquire more releases without limiting paddlers' access.
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And I had the BRILLIANT idea to do a solo play run with my prijon alien down n fork Yuba. That run has a natural rock amphitheatre with a series of giant reactionary wave/holes perfect for blasting/blast wheels. Only problem is all the rapids before and after.

On a drop, river rightish about 10ish foot boof, I guess I didn't quite boof it. Got worked in the hole, threw a few ends, roll up and it's loud and much darker than when I went off the lip of the drop. I was a little disoriented, and it took a few seconds to realize where On the wrong side of the wall, in a dark moonless cave.

So I took a few breaths, and tried to break on thru to the other side. Beat down, cartwheels, roll up back in the cave.

If @ first you don't succeed, try try again. After 3 attempts to get out I was kinda freaking. It's dark, nobody knows I'm here except the out of state boaters who I did my daylight lap with and ran my shuttle. I knew I couldn't hang in the cave in my boat till daylight. It was dark so I couldn't really feel a good way to climb out if my boat and climb out of the cave smooth granite rock. If I did swim, I was gonna have to let go of my beautiful tiger paw titanium bent shape with carbon wood Mitchell blades and I was barefoot cause I wasn't planning on swimming or portaging the big one. Just shorts it was a warm summer night. No throw bag,first aid kit or even water bottle, an empty boat for a quick little play run right?

After a long stern talk to myself, I said my prayers and made some promises, took another beating and was pretty scared when I knew it was time to roll up. Then I rolled up to the most beautiful moonlit sky I've ever seen.

Somewhere in this story there's probably a lesson to be learned. But since I'm as bright as that cave it took me a few more misadventures to learn my lesson...