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12-06-04, 11:58 AM
Looks like there are some meetings coming up regarding some of the dams that Duke Energy runs. This also includes removing the Dillsboro dam. Here is a link:
Not sure what the impact of these are on trout fishing, but I'm sure there are issues that the fishing public need to provide input.
Anyone know if NC TU chapters are involved with this?
This week's Smoky Mountain News has some info, particularly as the issue relates to the Tuckasegee River. I just picked up a copy this morning and I haven't had time to read it, but it is usually fair.
12-06-04, 01:02 PM
Really good article. Makes Duke Energy look like a real cheapskate as compared to Alcoa. Jackson County really should hold out for a much better deal. Those conservation easments would be a real boon for fishing access to those rivers, especially the Tuck.
12-06-04, 01:07 PM
From what I've read and heard we're still not going to get a steady, regulated flow. Flows will be the same, high and low, high and low. There will be more access points provided, though. There was talk from the rafting and fishing communities about the flows, but Duke said that they couldn't cater to all the "exotic" sport enthusiasts. Apparently, Duke Power is supposed to update it's battery system and this is supposed to help with the reduction of high flows. I'll believe it when I see it.
Not sure I agree with the removal of the Dillsboro dam. Seems that it will push the smallmouth fishery a little more downriver.
I do believe the Tuck Chapter of TU has been involved all along.
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