Project Location: Claytor Lake is located in Pulaski County near Radford, Virginia.
Project Background: The New River Basin Reconnaissance Study Report (Section 905(b)), dated October 2000, evaluated the potential for Federal interest in implementing solutions to flooding, ecosystem degradation, and other related water resource problems and opportunities in the New River Basin. One of the locations identified as a potential Federal project was Claytor Lake. Claytor Lake was developed for the generation of hydropower owned and operated by American Electric Power.
Project Description: The upper portion of Claytor Lake captures entrained sediment loads from the New River. Primarily, in the upper 2 miles of the lake, sedimentation is the greatest along the inside of the relic river meander habitats. This has smothered benthic habitat, reduced water depths, and fisheries habitats. Initial consideration of concepts and project alternatives has included deep water structures, the establishment of emergent, transitional and terrestrial vegetation, and the construction of adjacent embayment or wetland features.
Authorization: Resolution of the Committee on Public Works of the U.S. House of Representatives, adopted 10 May 1962.
Project Sponsor: Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, VA
Project Stakeholders: Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL) local non-profit group, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Izaak Walton League, and American Electric Power (AEP)
Project Status: In 2011 we mutually terminated any further project progress. This decision was arrived at with coordination and consensus with our non-federal sponsors, Pulaski County, Virginia since additional data collection and analyses would have been required to complete the study and the parties felt that this cross-roads was a logical time for cessation of the project. Further follow-up on efforts may be sought from Pulaski County and/or Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL).