Water Will Be Cut Back On Hiwassee, Not Ocoee

Reliance, Tenn. (AP) -- Dry weather is cutting into whitewater rafting in southeastern Tennessee.

Mike smith of Hiwassee Outfitters says a cutback in water sent to hydroelectric generators upriver from Reliance will have an effect on recreation.

But Smith says there will still be four days of good water on the Hiwassee each week.

Water from the Apalachia Reservoir is sent through two large pipes to the generating station, then into the river. Smith says there will be full water on Fridays through Sundays and again on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.

The outfitters plan to meet with TVA again in mid-June to talk about July scheduling.

There are no planned cutbacks in scheduled water supplies to the nearby Ocoee River, which has up to Class-5 rapids. It's where the 1996 summer Olympic whitewater events were held.

TVA is facing the driest January-through-April period across the Tennessee Valley region in 118 years.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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