The drought continues to result in very low streamflow into our reservoirs which negatively impacts lake levels. The U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) demonstrates that streamflow conditions have worsened during the last several weeks and the current weather forecast does not predict any significant rainfall for the Oconee River watershed. Flows downstream of Sinclair dam have been reduced to the minimum streamflow required by our FERC license since the middle of June. We are able to generate power at Wallace Dam due to its pumped-storage design.
Georgia Power will continue to closely monitor conditions on the lakes and carefully manage the limited water resources. It is important for individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities to stay alert to changing conditions. Additional caution should be used when boating on the lakes.
The current conditions do provide an opportunity to inspect and repair seawalls, dredge shallow spots and conduct other shoreline maintenance activities. Many of our customers have already taken advantage by contacting our office for guidance and to obtain permits for such shoreline work. While we cannot predict future rainfall, we do want our customers to know that the lake will be brought back to full pool as soon as there is sufficient rainfall to return to normal operations. Contractors and homeowners that are undertaking shoreline projects are reminded to avoid leaving tools or materials on the lakebed during their work projects.