Accession Number : ADA200562
Title : Predicted Effects of Hydropower Uprate on Trout Habitat in the Cumberland River, Downstream of Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
Personal Author(s) : Nestler, John M ; Gore, James A ; Curtis, L T ; Martin, James L
Report Date : Aug 1988
Pagination or Media Count : 149
Abstract : The US Army Engineer District, Nashville (ORN), regulates flows in the Cumberland River at Wolf Creek Dam to provide for hydropower generation and flood control. The ORN is considering uprating the Wolf Creek Dam powerhouse to meet future demands for power in the region by replacing existing turbines with new units having higher capacity. With the proposed new units, maximum hydropower discharge will increase with a concomitant decrease in duration of generation. This report describes and quantifies the effects of hydropower uprating on downstream habitat of adult rainbow trout, juvenile brown trout, and adult brown trout using Instream Flow Incremental Methodology concepts. The relative downstream habitat impacts of hydropower uprate are assessed by contrasting existing and uprate release schedules under the following three hydrologic conditions: low flow (90-percent exceedance), average flow (50- percent exceedance), and high flow (10-percent exceedance). In general, predicted habitat availability for adult rainbow trout and adult brown trout decreases under uprate release schedules for low-and average-flow hydrologic conditions. Under high-flow conditions, habitat availability for the adult life stages increases. Habitat for juvenile brown trout is generally negligible under both existing and uprate release schedules, and consistent patterns were not observed.
Descriptors : *TROUT , *HABITATS , CAPACITY(QUANTITY) , HYDROLOGY , CONSISTENCY , TIME , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , AVAILABILITY , PATTERNS , ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTION , TURBINES , KENTUCKY , ADULTS , FLOOD CONTROL , DOWNSTREAM FLOW , HYDROELECTRICITY , DAMS , HIGH RATE , METHODOLOGY , WATER FLOW
Subject Categories : Ecology
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE