From Alabama Power Company:
Alabama Power has set tentative dates this fall for water-level draw downs on Lay, Mitchell and Jordan/Bouldin lakes, located on the Coosa River.
Draw downs give residents and contractors better lakebed access for permitted construction projects on the three lakes. Draw downs have not taken place since 2009 because of weather conditions or other issues.
Alabama Power biologists, in coordination with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will also use the gradual lowering to survey snail populations in Lay Lake tributaries.
This year's draw down schedule is as follows:
||Drawdown Elevation||Lowering Date||Start Refill||Back to Normal|
||252||248/249||Sept. 17-19||Oct. 1||Oct. 3|
|Mitchell||312||308/309||Oct. 1-3||Oct. 15||Oct. 17|
|Lay||396||393/394||Oct. 15-17||Oct. 29||Oct. 31|
Because weather conditions can impact the drawdown schedule, residents and contractors are encouraged to visit Alabama Power's automated Reservoir Information System at 1-800-LAKES11 (1-800-525-3711) or lakes.alabamapower.com<https://lakes.alabamapower.com> for updates.
Residents and contractors considering any construction projects within Alabama Power's reservoir boundaries should consult with the company about obtaining the proper permits before beginning any work.
Permitting guidelines and contact information for permits can be found on the Shoreline Management page at www.alabamapower.com<http://www.alabamapower.com>.
Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.
Alabama Power has 14 hydroelectric facilities on the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Black Warrior rivers.
To learn more, visit www.alabamapower.com<http://www.alabamapower.com>.
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