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Public or private? Court case into accessibility of Douglas Lake re-opens

Date: 6/16/2017 1:03:00 PM

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Organizations Across the Country Seek to Improve Water Infrastructure, Grow Local Economies


Date: 6/6/2017

Organizations from across the country are seeking to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to invest in their local economies and improve water infrastructure. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received ‘letters of interest’ from prospective

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Flood situation improving in Merritt, surrounding area

Meritt Herald

Date: 5/15/2017 5:53:00 PM

High river levels retreated over the weekend in Merritt, and a flood watch for the Nicola River has been downgraded to a high streamflow advisory. The BC River Forecast Centre says the Nicola River, including its upstream tributaries, saw peak levels

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful Bring Recycling to Cocke County Parks

Newport Plain Talk

Date: 5/4/2017 2:29:00 AM

Bins will be placed in park areas, nature trails and other scenic locations such as Rankin Bottoms and Douglas Lake to increase access to recycling for residents and visitors. “When access for recycling is given, people are more likely to recycle their

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Dandridge couple marking 70th anniversary Saturday

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Date: 4/27/2017 3:44:00 PM

They have been Jefferson County residents since 1980, when they moved to a house they’d built on a Douglas Lake lot bought for camping in the ‘70s. She’s 88, and he’s 89. They met at church, and this Saturday they’ll be going to Buffalo Grove

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• River: French Broad River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 30,400 Acres
• Volume: 1,514,100 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 4,541 Square Miles
• Length: 43 Miles

Size & Depth - 30,400 acres with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends 43.1 miles upstream from the Douglas Dam.

Water Source - An impoundment of the French Broad River completed in 1943. The Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are the primary tributaries, and there are numerous small inlet creeks.

During rainy seasons, it is not uncommon for the lake to rise as much as 15 to 20 feet in a day or two, if heavy rains occur in the nearby Appalachians. Summer levels are usually relatively stable.

Water - Very fertile and green in color. Water clarity is greatest near the dam, while the upper sections of the lake are usually stained. In general, the lake stains easily following heavy rains due to the muddy bottom. Thermal stratification (thermocline) usually develops in the summer months. Dissolved oxygen becomes depleted below the thermocline during late summer (July and August), making fishing tough until cooler fall weather arrives.

Bottom - Mostly silt and clay with some areas of rock outcroppings and bluffs.

Shoreline - Only about 17% of the shoreline is developed; the remainder is controlled by the TVA. Rolling hills of farmland and residential areas surround the lake.

Cover - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has placed many fish attractors in the lake, mainly in the backs of hollows where they are marked by signs or buoys.

At full pool, downed trees along the bank offer cover for gamefish. In winter or spring, before the lake rises, cover is scarce and fish are found on channel drop-offs and rock outcroppings. Timber was cut prior to flooding, leaving numerous stump-covered flats. Due to the large drawdown, aquatic vegetation is lacking.
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