The Santeetlah facility is operated as a storage impoundment in accordance with an annual operating curve, which establishes target seasonal reservoir levels.
Currently Santeetlah Reservoir is operated to maintain high recreational elevations during the summer months, followed by fall drawdown to allow for collection of rainfall and run-off during the late fall, winter, and early spring. The current operating curve was developed to also provide protection and enhancement for a variety of other resources and uses, including aquatic species and habitat, water quality, reservoir wetlands, archaeological sites, and scenic appearance throughout the year.
Santeetlah Dam releases flows into the Cheoah River according to a regular schedule. These flows are based on average daily inflow from the preceding three months. The intent of these flows is the protection, enhancement, and restoration of Cheoah River aquatic and riparian associated biological communities.
|Elevation and Flow Data|
|Lake Elevation (ft)||1938.53|
|Discharge into Cheoah River (cfs)||51.03949|
|Discharge into Little Tennessee River (CFS)||416.7226|
|Feet Below Full Pool||-2.37|
|As of November 17, 2018 at 12:20:06 PM|
|11/17/2018||midnight - midnight||1|