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Update on Current Lake Levels as of 2018-01-11

In response to many members inquiries and concerns about low lake levels this month, we reached out to Duke and received the following information: In December, Duke Energy was required to draw the lake down to 86.0 ft. for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) inspections.

After the inspections were complete, the lake level was allowed to return to its normal target level; however, the inflows into Lake Glenville are currently very low due to dry conditions. In the graph below, you can see the lake level was coming up in late December and then experienced a small dip the first week of 2018. This small dip was due to the cold temperatures and the need to meet system demand for power generation. The lake level is now slowly returning to normal. At this time, we are operating only to meet system demand, not for recreational flows. As you can see from the images below, the western NC mountains are 6 to 12 inches behind normal precipitation levels. There is a forecast of 2.5 inches of rain today through Saturday. This should help bring the lake level closer to its target.



PSA: Please Do Not Disturb the Gillnets


Have you seen these orange objects floating in the lake this week? If you do, please do not disturb them in any way.


Powell Wheeler, Fishery Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, explained that these are gill nets, placed to capture walleye and bass for a genetics study they are conducting. According to Wikipedia, Gillnetting is a common fishing method used by commercial and artisanal fishermen of the oceans and in some freshwater and estuary areas. Gill nets are vertical panels of netting normally set in a straight line. Fish may be caught by gill nets in 3 ways:

  1. Wedged: Held by the mesh around the body;
  2. Gilled: Held by mesh slipping behind the opercula;
  3. Tangled: Held by teeth, spines, maxillaries, or other protrusions without the body penetrating the mesh.

Most often fish are gilled. A fish swims into a net and passes only part way through the mesh. When it struggles to free itself, the twine slips behind the gill cover and prevents escape.”

Gillnets are so effective that their use is closely monitored and regulated by fisheries management and enforcement agencies. Mesh size, twine strength, as well as net length and depth are all closely regulated to reduce bycatch of non-target species. Gillnets have a high degree of size selectivity.

Friends of Lake Glenville is so fortunate to have the NC Wildlife maintaining an active presence on our beautiful lake, and keeping us informed of their activities!

President’s Report: FLG 2017 Summer Season in Review

Though the end of summer blew in on hurricane winds, Friends of Lake Glenville experienced a most successful 2017 season. Here are just a few highlights.

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In the Spotlight: Lake Glenville's Eagle Family

Have you seen our eagle family while out on the lake? Mom and Dad have been frequently seen the past couple of years but this year they added an eaglet to their family - SO exciting! Here are just a few facts about eagles so you can get to know our newest FLG family!

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FLG Sponsors Successful 2017 Lake Clean-Up

FLG LakeCleanUp 2017 Intro

The day dawned beautifully with a crisp note in the air as the Lake Cleanup brigade took to the waters of sparkling Lake Glenville on Saturday the 10th of June.  Dozens of watercraft participated in what will become an annual event to keep the waters of Lake Glenville the safest and cleanest East of the Mississippi.

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The Walleye Habitat Pinch

Some years back I learned that fishing for walleye on Lake Glenville was most successful in late summer and early autumn, near to and following the time of the FLG Annual Members Meeting, but did not understand why. After some years of sampling with the FLG datasonde, I have developed some insight to this observation that I think will be of interest to members.

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In the Spotlight: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

And the lights went out on Lake Glenville….

On Monday, August 21, 2017 at approximately 2:30 PM, we were lucky to have experienced the solar eclipse from within the “Zone of Totality”, the 70 mile wide path that crossed the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

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Revisiting the Mercury Problem

Updated Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Near the end of 2014 a tsunami-like wave of concern swept over the Lake Glenville community; mercury (Hg) concentrations sufficient to merit posting of human health consumption advisories had been measured in Lake Glenville walleye. It should not have been a surprise.

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Water Quality Report: May 2017

FLG has recently formed a collaboration with the Environmental Health Program at Western Carolina University (WCU). Under this partnership, WCU collects and tests the lake water and provides us with a more informed scientific evaluation of the results. These quarterly reports will be posted as they are available and can be found on our website under Our Work > Water Testing.

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