Upcoming Lake Thurlow drawdown to target aquatic weeds | News
This coming winter, Alabama Power plans to temporarily lower Lake Thurlow 10 feet from its normal elevation to help control aquatic weeds. The drawdown also provides an opportunity for lakeside property owners to complete shoreline construction projects.
Homeowners needing to work on their docks or other facilities should apply to Alabama Power for their permits now. The drawdown is expected to take place sometime between early January and the end of March 2013. A precise date will be announced in advance, with the drawdown expected to last several weeks, based on river flows and weather conditions.
Lingering drought conditions have contributed to the growth of variable leaf milfoil (Myriophyllum heterphyllum), an aggressive aquatic plant that forms dense mats. Exposing the weed’s roots to freezing temperatures can help kill it.
The drawdown is being coordinated with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Because it’s scheduled during a typically wet season, there is a possibility that Lake Thurlow could rise rapidly during heavy rains.
For the latest on lake levels, visit www.alabamapower.com and click on the "Lake Conditions" link at the left side of the page. Or call Alabama Power's automated Reservoir Information System at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711). Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), provides electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state.
Information Source: Alabama Power
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