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Work To Take Place At Cheoah Point Boat Ramp

Work To Take Place At Cheoah Point Boat Ramp
Minimal Public Access Impact Will Occur

May 29, 2018

Media Contact: Brian P. Noonan (617) 838-2658. Brian.Noonan@brookfieldrenewable.com

(Lake Santeetlah, NC)- The United States Forest Service (USFS), the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) & Brookfield Renewable have announced that the Cheoah Point Boat Launch will be used as a staging point for maintenance taking place at Santeetlah Dam.

There will be some impact to public access at the boat ramp, most notably on June 7th, when the access area will be closed off and barricaded for up to 10 hours during the day (8am-6pm). Subsequent impact will result from the concrete removal portion of the project, where barges will be transporting concrete debris from the dam to the boat launch several times per day during the weeks of June 14-21, July 24-31, and August 27-Septemeber 3. These are current estimated dates based on current plans, and could change based on progress at the work site.

During these timeframes, the concrete debris will be transferred from the barge to a dump truck using a fork truck at the boat launch parking area. The transfer of debris should not take more than 2 hours each visit. Outside of these unloading/loading of the barges timeframes and the short periods of time when moving the concrete debris to the truck, there will be no closure of the public access area of the boat launch.

Boaters can avoid delays by using boating access areas at Massey Branch and Avey Branch
Brian Noonan, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Brookfield Renewable, said, “We appreciate the understanding and patience of the public as we undertake this maintenance project. Our team worked closely with outside agencies, consultants and contractors to ensure that this work will be done as safely as possible, and also that it provides as little of an impact to the public as we could accommodate.”

Upon completion of the project, tentatively scheduled for the end of September, there will be another full day of closure for the boat launch for demobilization. This date is yet to be determined, and additional information will be made to the public as the project nears completion.