Smith Mountain Project property owners should be aware of dredging requirements

ROANOKE, Va., Jan. 15, 2018 – Appalachian Power urges property owners and contractors working at the Smith Mountain hydroelectric project in southwest Virginia to be aware of permitting and approval requirements before dredging near shorelines within lake boundaries.

Recent low-water levels created by near-drought conditions have made sedimentation issues more visible to boaters and property owners and some have moved ahead with dredging before receiving proper approvals from state and federal agencies and Appalachian.

“We typically receive a number of dredging requests this time of year and our concern is that property owners may be tempted to take advantage of the low water levels and dredge without notifying Appalachian or seeking necessary permits,” said Neil Holthouser who supervises the company’s shoreline management program.

“Time is also approaching,” Holthouser added, “when dredging and other underwater work is prohibited for four months at Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes.”

In order to protect fish habitat during the spawning season, dredging and some other in-water work is prohibited between February 15 and June 15 annually. Property owners who wish to dredge should contact Appalachian soon or they must wait until after the prohibition period ends in June to perform those jobs.

When considering dredging at Smith Mountain or Leesville lakes, shoreline property owners and contractors should remember some key requirements:

• Only accumulated sediment may be dredged; the original lake bottom cannot be disturbed. Dredging or excavation of all designated wetlands areas is prohibited.

• Dredging or excavation involving more than 25 cubic yards of sediment requires the filing of a joint application with Appalachian and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

• Dredging or excavation involving less than 25 cubic yards of sediment may be allowed under the USACE Nationwide Permit 19, provided certain conditions are met.

• Appalachian requires that property owners who are considering dredging less than 25 cubic yards of sediment contact Appalachian a minimum of 10 working days prior to the planned dredging so that Appalachian can determine if the project meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Plan.

• Property owners wishing to dredge before the February 15 prohibition period must contact Appalachian no later than January 31, 2018.

To contact Appalachian’s shoreline management staff, shoreline owners may call (540)985-2579 or email Neil Holthouser at jnholthouser@aep.com ; for more information or to contact the USACE, call (757)201-7652 or email CENAO.REG ROD@usace.army.mil

More information is available on the company’s website www.SmithMountainProject.com beginning on page 71 of the Shoreline Management Plan.

Smith Mountain Project is a 636-megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric facility on the Roanoke River that utilizes an upper reservoir (Smith Mountain Lake) and a lower reservoir (Leesville Lake). Combined, the project includes about 600 miles of shoreline. Water stored in Smith Mountain Lake first passes through turbine-generators in the powerhouse to produce electricity and is discharged into Leesville Lake. From there some water is released through the Leesville Dam or pumped back into Smith Mountain. The project was built and is operated by Appalachian Power.

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John Shepelwich

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