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SILTATION ON SMITH CREEK CAUSED BY LAKE DAM GATE MALFUNCTION AT UNICOI STATE PARK

 SILTATION ON SMITH CREEK CAUSED BY LAKE DAM GATE MALFUNCTION
 AT UNICOI STATE PARK
 ATLANTA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that repairs to the dam on the lake at Unicoi State Park have resulted in considerable levels of siltation downstream on Smith Creek.
 The siltation may extend into the Chattahoochee River, possibly as far as Duke's Creek below the city of Helen. According to staff at DNR, some level of fish kill may result downstream of the dam.
 DNR staff reported that preliminary testing prior to making major repairs to the dam and spillway required the release gate on the dam to be opened to lower the lake to a level where the testing could be conducted. However, the gate malfunctioned and could not be closed after the desired lake level was reached. As a result, the lake had to be drained completely in order to repair and close the gate, resulting in the release of accumulated siltation on the lake bottom.
 Staff from the Fisheries Section of DNR will monitor the extent of the fish kill and take steps to restock affected sections of the stream in order to restore the sports fishing opportunities currently enjoyed.
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 /CONTACT: David Freedman, 404-656-2770, or Don Hoch at Unicoi State Park, 404-878-2201, both of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/ CO: Georgia Department of Natural Resources ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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