Posted by Mike Kelley on September 03, 2003 at 22:10:58:
In Reply to: Re: Brown Ferry Nuclear posted by PHILLIP on September 03, 2003 at 01:33:42:
there is no water release 'schedule'. I bet you're looking at the discharge pipe on the bank (the one with the grates to trap the dead fish). The cooling tower water is released from pipes under the surface about 20 feet down. They extend across the channel from N to S (at the wooden towers on the water).
When the lake's water is being pulled it makes a strong current and the pipe 'boils' are hard to see. I would think that they are running the reactors everyday, since it is so hot (public electricity use is HIGH). They must discharge the cooling tower water when they produce power in the reactors.
Go back and check it again soon. The catfish are stacked up on the southern side of the channel, a few yards below the discharge pipe itself. We caught some decent blues in about the last 30 minutes of daylight last week on that spot. 3 blues at 5lbs+ and several small stripe. Pulled off a few other 'bigger' cats on weak hooksets.
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