OVERVIEW: Tourism along the New River coupled with the changing public perception of local waterways resulted in the identification of drift and debris as a significant problem at the Bluestone project. The Bluestone Drift and Debris Management Study (dated December 1996) addressed plans for managing natural drift and manmade debris both upstream and downstream of the dam. The authorized plan consists of five primary components: 1) a multi-level intake tower for passing drift and debris through the dam; 2) improved access to Leatherwood Landing to facilitate debris removal from the lake surface; 3) improved operating equipment; 4) a public awareness program; and 5) downstream cleanup of solid waste. Authorization is provided by Section 102 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992 (Public Law 102-580, 106 Stat. 4797), as amended by Section 357 of the WRDA 1996 and Section 361 of WRDA 1999.
STATUS: Construction of the multi-level intake tower is complete. The Leatherwood Landing improvements, operating equipment enhancements and public awareness program components are complete.
POINT OF INTEREST: The Huntington District has worked closely with the National Park Service (NPS), West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the West Virginia Whitewater Association. The NPS and WVDEP have provided letters of intent expressing a commitment to participate in the downstream cleanup effort.