Morgan Falls Dam

Dam in Georgia, United States of America, United States of America

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Morgan Falls Dam

Bull Sluice Lake is created by Morgan Falls Dam, a small hydroelectric dam located along the Chattahoochee River at the northern end of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and crossing the river westwards into eastern Cobb County in north metro Atlanta. Originally constructed in 1904 by Georgia Power to provide electricity for Atlanta's streetcars, it now provides enough power for about 4,400 homes. It was named for then recently deceased Georgia Power president S. Morgan Smith's mother whose maiden name was Morgan. At the time it was by far the largest hydroelectric plant in the state.[1] In 1924 it was rebuilt as a 60 cycle plant with 15,000 kilowatts (up from the original 10,500 kW).[2] In 1957 it was raised to regulate the flow from the larger Buford Dam, 36 miles (58 km) upstream, in order to give Atlanta water during the hours it was needed most.[3] It is 896 feet (273 m) long, and 56 feet (17 m) tall. The dam's license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was issued in May 2008, and expires in February 2039 which authorizes a capacity of 16,800 kW.[4]

The construction of the dam changed the river upstream from a narrow river with rapids into a wetland. The wetland serves as a habitat for migrating birds, waterfowl, songbirds, beavers, muskrats, and numerous species of reptiles and amphibians.[5]

  1. ^ Wright, Wade, The History of the Georgia Power Company, GPC, 1957, p.109
  2. ^ Wright, Wade, The History of the Georgia Power Company, GPC, 1957, p.183
  3. ^ Martin, Herald, Atlanta and Environs, Vol III, UGA Press, 1987, p.260
  4. ^ "Morgan Falls : P-2237". Hydropower Reform Coalition. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. ^ CNC on the River: A look into the trips down the Chattahoochee River with the Chattahoochee Nature Center (July 12, 2011). Accessed July 19, 2013.

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