Watts Bar Operations – December 17, 2012

Below is the latest information on the status of the Watts Bar Dam operating schedule and the current and projected lake level. If you are planning on being out on the lake this week, be sure to remember that some areas you may be used to traveling will have much shallower depths. use caution around point and as you travel back into an of the the coves.

Watts Bar

Latest Operating Information

Please note! Water release schedules often change without notice due to unanticipated changes in weather conditions and power system requirements.

Use caution near dams. A large amount of water may be discharged without warning at any time. Your safety depends on obeying all posted safety regulations and warnings. Learn more.

Generation Releases

Day Time Period Generators
12/17/2012 7am – midnight 4 or more
12/18/2012 midnight – 1am 4 or more


Observed Data

Day Time
Reservoir Elevation
(behind dam)*
Tailwater Elevation
(below dam)*
Average Hourly
12/16/2012 midnight 737.23 677.42 8,395
12/17/2012 1 am 737.21 677.38 8,373
12/17/2012 2 am 737.21 677.38 8,369
12/17/2012 3 am 737.19 677.22 5,829
12/17/2012 4 am 737.17 677.23 5,720
12/17/2012 5 am 737.10 677.43 6,110
12/17/2012 6 am 737.06 678.83 23,008
12/17/2012 7 am 737.00 678.99 23,684

*Elevations are in feet above sea level. Discharges are in cubic feet
per second and are reported at the end of the hour.

View data for previous 48 hours.

See the operating guide for this reservoir, including observed
elevations for last year and for the current year to date.

Predicted Data

Day Average Inflow* Midnight Elevation* Average Outflow*
12/17/2012 25,903 737.38 20,980
12/18/2012 26,075 737.40 25,780
12/19/2012 23,518 737.27 25,780

*Elevations are in feet above sea level. Flows are in cubic feet per second.


Water release schedules are updated periodically throughout the day. Next-day release schedules are usually available by 6 p.m. of the current day.

Observed water levels also are updated periodically throughout the day. Predicted water levels are updated at least once a day, by 1 p.m. Eastern time, and may be updated more frequently when conditions warrant.

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I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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