Water levels to be reduced at Claytor Lake allowing lakeside property owners to perform maintenance

New River Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a temporary lowering of water levels at Appalachian Power’s Claytor Hydroelectric Project in southwest Virginia.

Appalachian Power along with the Friends of Claytor Lake and Pulaski County, requested the drawdown to provide owners of lakeside property to have the opportunity to perform shoreline construction and maintenance activities.

The drawdown is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The Claytor reservoir will be lowered approximately 1.6 feet per day until it reaches five feet below the normal full point of 1,846 feet.

Appalachian Power expects to reach the drawdown elevation on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Refilling is expected to begin the following Sunday evening, Nov. 14.

Depending on inflow, the lake should return to normal full pond on Friday, Nov. 19 around 10 a.m.

FERC requires the drawdown plan to include mitigation of negative effects on mussels living in the lake.

Shoreline workers and volunteers are asked to gently toss stranded mussels into the water and document their work.

Vegetation removal from within the Project boundary is not allowed unless prior approval from Appalachian Power has been obtained.

Other shoreline construction of stabilization projects could require approval from Appalachian, Pulaski County or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Information about shoreline permits or the application process can be obtained by calling 540-489-2556 or by clicking here.

Based on weather or other significant factors, the planned drawdown and expected lake levels and times are subject to change.

Lower water levels may affect public and private boat ramps and other access points along Claytor Lake’s shoreline.

The Claytor Project was completed in 1939 and is operated by Appalachian Power on the New River in Pulaski County.

The total installed electric generating capacity of the plant is 75 megawatts.

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