Save Chandler Mountain!

 

 

Alabama Power is moving forward with plans to flood more than 1,600 acres of land on and near Chandler Mountain to build and operate a large, pumped storage hydropower facility. This project will impact Chandler Mountain, Steele, Gallant, Lake Neely Henry and the Coosa River watershed.

 

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How does this project impact communities on and surrounding Chandler Mountain?

If this project moves forward, family land held for generations could be flooded, and residents could be displaced by the new reservoirs. Ancestral lands, cultural artifacts, historic sites, and roads could be swamped permanently. The hydrology of the area could be drastically affected, including stream flows in local creeks, and there could be negative impacts to water quality and drinking water sources for thousands of families and communities in the area.

Construction of the project would take many years and is likely to involve heavy equipment, excavation, and blasting. The new reservoirs would likely not provide any local recreational benefit and will most likely be fenced off from the public to enjoy. The construction of new transmission lines and water conveyance structures could impact additional private properties and lake levels at Neely Henry reservoir.

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A project of this magnitude would drastically change the character of Chandler Mountain and the nearby communities of Steele, Gallant, Rainbow City and more. Family land – held for generations – could be permanently flooded. Changes to local hydrology and waterways could also seriously degrade aquatic habitat for sensitive species.

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Protect Chandler Mountain!

This proposed project threatens the health of the mountain itself, Jake Creek, Gulf Creek, Little Canoe Creek, Big Canoe Creek, and Neely Henry Lake, as well as the aquatic creatures that call those waterways home. For example, Little Canoe Creek East is home to one of the two remaining populations of the Canoe Creek Clubshell, a freshwater mussel that has been listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

According to preliminary designs filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the project would involve the construction of FIVE new dams: one new dam to create an upper reservoir (~526 acres) on the northeast end of Chandler Mountain and four dams, including one directly impounding  Little Canoe Creek East, to create a larger lower reservoir (~1,090 acres) at the base of the mountain near and on top of the Steele and Gallant communities.  During project operations, the upper and lower reservoir levels would regularly fluctuate significantly(27-63 feet), making recreation on them impossible.

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