Gauge Description:

Visual at the TN 68 bridge. Takes a major rain event and water spilling over the dam. What usually happens is someone is driving over TN 68 on the way to the Tellico and catches it.

Go to the following link for dam release information. Look for the Total Discharge minus the Turbine Discharge. If the dam is spilling the run has water. Total Discharges of 3500-5000 cfs are probably optimal. Releases below 2500 cfs are diverted thru the Apalachia Powerhouse. Apalachia Dam release info or TVA link to dam release info.

If the lake level is 1275 feet or higher, there is a good chance water will spill. Max lake level is 1280.

DATE HEADWATER ELEVATION TURBINE DISCHARGE TOTAL DISCHARGE RIVER FLOW DAY
05/13/03 1275.90 2559 6622 4063 t
05/14/03 1276.71 2552 6604 4052 w
05/15/03 1276.62 2560 6477 3917 t
05/16/03 1277.14 2555 5153 2598 f
05/17/03 1277.69 2536 3542 1006 s
05/18/03 1277.16 2529 3534 1005 s
05/19/03 1279.04 2525 3007 482 m

 

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