ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Water outflows from Appalachian Power's Smith Mountain Hydroelectric Project are back to normal.
In December, state officials approved a variance in the project's water management plan to reduce releases into the Staunton River. The company sought the variance because of minimal rainfall and a dry forecast.
Appalachian Power says that reducing water releases and rains filled the reservoir to normal operating levels on Jan. 18.
Hydro Generation Department process supervisor Teresa Rogers says the company will continue to talk with stakeholders and monitor water outflows. In the spring, water releases are increased to accommodate striped bass spawning downstream.
The project has provided electricity to customers since the 1960s. It utilizes two dams at Smith Mountain and Leesville and can generate more than 600 megawatts for up to 11 hours.
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