Lake Martin currently sits at winter pool, exposing lost items such as the flip flop above. One of the requests made to FERC by Alabama Power is for the winter pool level to be raised.
Lake Martin currently sits at winter pool, exposing lost items such as the flip flop above. One of the requests made to FERC by Alabama Power is for the winter pool level to be raised.  Robert Hudson/The Outlook

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Published 6:45pm Thursday, December 26, 2013

 

Agreement filed with FERC Monday ‘just a matter of record’

Though the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has not yet made a decision in the Martin Dam relicensing, an agreement filed Monday by Alabama Power Company may have led to some confusion in the matter.
Viki Pate in the office of Alabama Power Company Hydro Services Manager Jim Crew, Thursday morning said she had received several emails from individuals who thought the procedural filing comprised a rejection of raised water levels on Lake Martin. The request for conditional raised water levels is a provision of the power company’s relicensing application.
“The agreement that was filed this week specifically states that it pertains to a fisheries funding agreement. FERC has not made a decision,” Pate said. “The agreement should have been filed with the (relicensing) application, but it was not ready at that time, so this filing is just a matter of record.”
The purpose of the off-license agreement was to set out certain rights and obligations of Alabama Power and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) with respect to the implementation and promotion of ADCNR’s distinctive license plate program.
Alabama Power Company has agreed to fund the license plate program, and proceeds from the car tag sales will provide funding for fisheries enhancements at Lake Martin. In the agreement, ADCNR expressed its intent not to propose, establish, support or communicate to FERC or any other state or federal agency any recommended measure or mandatory license condition in regard to the stocked fish program that is supported by the tag sales.
Pate said the power company is still waiting for a final decision from FERC on the relicensing application that was filed on June 8, 2011.

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