Dwayne, it comes from the Corps of Engineers board. I had about a 20 minute converstion with TWRA today and they are aware of the issues and have as many concerns as we have. Biggest issues are Water Temp. They told me today that btween Jan 1st and today they had alread passed more water through the dam than they did all last year. They are working with the Corp to try to establish some better flows so that 3 things could possibly happen. 1) water temp decrease (and pray that we don't have a lot of tropical rains) 2) longer periods of no generation so that the aquatic life and vegitation has a chance to re-populate and 3) trying to do those things while maintaining a lake level that is conducive to the construction efforts. Their worst fears are our worst fears and that is water temp. They were on the lower part of the Caney today working and assessing what the situation is really like at that level. That is, after all, the home of the "big boys"
Joels numbers are right on that comes from the Corps website. What it doesnt' show is the dissolved oxygen of the river and according to what I was told today, we are alright...right now. With hot weather in front of us, we can expect to see that change. They are working with the Corps to try to establish some control measure to ensure that we keep a higher DO content of the river. Time will tell.
Let's go to the mountain Ed, I know Josh is ready