Appalachian Power to Construct Public Access Boat Ramp near Hales Ford Bridge
ROANOKE, Va., May 29, 2013 – Appalachian Power plans to begin construction this fall on a new $1 million public access boat ramp at Smith Mountain Lake. The site is located at the end of Oak Grove Drive near the Hales Ford Bridge in Franklin County.
At the new facility guests can launch two boats at one time, and there are 62 parking spaces as well as areas for fishing in the plan. More information on the project is available in the resources section of Appalachian Power’s Smith Mountain Project website www.smithmtn.com
Appalachian Power Announces New Office Hours At Smith Mountain Lake Chamber
Roanoke, Va., May 28, 2013, 2013 – Appalachian Power is offering new office hours to meet with property owners with general questions about shoreline management at Smith Mountain Lake. Beginning June 5, an Appalachian Power employee will be available Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce located at 16430 Booker T. Washington Highway in Moneta.
528 Tons of Debris Removed From Smith Mountain Reservoir
ROANOKE, Va., March 5, 2013 – The high-water event that helped fill the Smith Mountain Project this winter also washed clean the riverbanks of the tributaries that feed it. In the last few weeks alone Appalachian Power removed 528 tons of mostly woody debris from the Roanoke River arm of Smith Mountain Lake.
Parties Propose Changes To Smith Mountain Project Shoreline Plan
ROANOKE, Va., Feb. 28, 2013 – Changes in how the shoreline is managed at Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes could be on the way if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopts a proposal it received today by several parties.
Appalachian Power Ends Water Release Variance From Smith Mountain Project
ROANOKE, Va., February 22, 2013 – Water flows from Appalachian Power’s Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project are once again normal. The company releases water from the project into the Staunton River under a water release plan approved by state and federal regulators. From December 21 to January 18, water releases were lower than normal and done under a variance approved by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Smith Mountain Fish Habitat Project
It might seem odd, but fish just love trees. They also love cinderblocks, pipe and a host of other weird looking things, when they’re put underwater, of course. They hide in it, and they hunt for food in it. An effort by Appalachian Power in late summer 2012 will help fishermen and property owners at Smith Mountain Lake learn just what type of stuff fish love best.
Smith Mountain, Leesville Residents Reminded Of Call-In Reporting Number For Floating Debris
Rocky Mount, Va., Sept. 9, 2011 – Recent heavy rains in Southwestern Virginia have washed natural and man-made debris into the two reservoirs of the Smith Mountain Hydroelectric Project and Appalachian Power is reminding area property owners of its centralized process for reporting areas of debris.
Visitors Center Above Smith Mountain Dam Open For Visitors
Sandy Level, Va., Sept. 8, 2011 – Appalachian Power has reopened its Visitors Center and observation area at the Smith Mountain Hydroelectric Project.