Alabama Power says lake levels will drop
BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Water levels at several Alabama lakes are expected to drop significantly over the coming weeks as Alabama Power takes steps to protect water quality and navigation threatened by the current drought, the utility said Thursday.
By the end of July, water levels at Harris, Martin, Smith and Weiss lakes will be at levels never before seen at this time of year, said
Alabama Power spokesman Michael Sznajderman in a statement.
The four lakes are expected to drop 3 to 10 feet below their normal summer levels by early August.
Worst drought on record
This year's drought is the worst on record for north and central Alabama. According to Alabama Power, streams that feed the utility are at historic lows for this time of year.
In the statement, Alabama Power says it asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May to reduce the amount of water the company must release from its dams, and also to allow more water flow into Alabama from Corps reservoirs in Georgia.
The Corps would need a full environmental assessment before it could make any decision on Alabama Power's requests.
Alabama Power cautions boaters on the state's waterways to be aware of obstacles that might be exposed or just below the surface because of dropping water levels.
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