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The Water Resources Development Act of 2000, (P.L. 106-541), Section 547, as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (P.L. 108-447), Division C, Title I, Section 122, authorized Tri-Cities Power Authority (TCPA) to design and construct a hydropower generating facility at Bluestone Dam. TCPA is made up of the West Virginia cities for Hinton, Philippi and White Sulphur Springs. 

Introduction: Bluestone Dam began operations in 1949 and is located in West Virginia in Summers County approximately one and a half miles upstream of the City of Hinton. The dam is a conventional concrete gravity dam measuring nearly a 0.5 mile long and 165 feet tall. Bluestone Dam is a multi-purpose project.  Bluestone Dam has multiple authorities, including flood risk management and recreation.

To learn about the flood risk management mission at Bluestone Dam, please visit: http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Current-Projects/Bluestone-DSA/.  To learn more about the the recreation provided by Bluestone Dam, visit: http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/West-Virginia/Bluestone-Lake/. To seek the current status of inflow and outflow at the dam, can be found at: http://www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wm/?basin/kan/bln.

Hydroelectric Power Generation Project: Bluestone Dam was originally designed for Federal hydropower and six penstocks were constructed through the east abutment. During World War II, construction activities were delayed, during which time interest in Federal hydropower declined. 

              

Until the early 2000’s the penstock were capped and never modified. Between 2001 and 2017, the Corps modified the penstocks to create an auxiliary spillway as a required Dam Safety Action approved in a 1998 Dam Safety Assurance Project. (For more on this project please visit: http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Current-Projects/Bluestone-DSA/).

Status: The Corps and TCPA initiated negotiations for the installation of a non-federal hydropower facility at Bluestone Dam following WRDA 2000; but these negotiations were put on hold as the Corps advanced required dam safety actions so TCPA could re-assess the project.   


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