Help! Alabama Power has requested to lower the required stream flow coming from Martin Dam, in an effort to keep the water level on Lake Martin from plummeting even more. Click here for the public notice from the Corps of Engineers.
Willard Bowers, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Alabama Power, made a request on May 15 to Colonel Peter F. Taylor, Commander, Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers, to “implement a reduction .. of flow of 10%” on Martin Dam. He said that if they continue at the current flow, Lake Martin will be at its drought contingency level by July 4. In short, they want to reduce the flow so that the water level on Lake Martin might have a chance of not plummeting as quickly this summer.
Col. Taylor has responded by notifying the public about this request, to give everyone a chance to have some input. On page 3 of his notice, Col. Taylor notes that if the proposed changes are NOT implemented, APC has indicated that the “impact of maintaining (the current) release to the Alabama River has fallen completely on the remaining storage at Lake Martin…… Lake Martin is projected to be 14 feet below the rule curve by early August.” I might not be right, but I read that to mean that unless something changes, Lake Martin’s water level will be at 476 by August.
What can I do?
You can contact Chuck Sumner and let him know that you support the proposed reduction in flow from Martin Dam. Maybe you don’t support it; you can tell him that, too.
Email: Chuck Sumner, Inland Environmental Team
[email protected] (thanks Mav)
U.S. Army Engineer District, Mobile
P.O. Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36628–0001
DEADLINE: 10 CALENDAR DAYS FROM MAY 31, 2007
Please act now! This won’t restore Lake Martin to its normal summer level, and might not even keep us from dipping below 480. But at least it gives us a fighting chance!