Alabama Power obtains new license to operate Martin Dam

Published: Jan. 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2016 at 5:01 PM CST
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TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - Alabama Power's new license to operate Martin Dam at Lake Martin starts Thursday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the new license on December 17th and after a 30-day review period, Alabama Power has accepted the license.

Alabama Power will have to start using its new operating plan for the Martin Reservoir and there will be some changes. The new winter pool will be 484 feet,
that's three feet higher than the old level.

The new license will also allow Alabama Power to extend the summer water level into the fall, if there's enough water. That would extend boating season for a lot of people. Under the new license, the company will be permitted to maintain the lake up to the higher summer level of 491 feet for six weeks longer. Under the old license, the company lowered the lake level beginning September 1.

The new Lake Martin license also includes provisions for the company to make significant recreational and environmental enhancements around the reservoir. The enhancements are expected to include the protection of additional undeveloped lands around the lake and improvements at shoreline recreational areas.

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