Tims Ford Operating Guide
|2013 Observed Midnight Elevations|
|2012 Observed Midnight Elevations|
|Minimum Recreation Level|
Observed midnight elevation
Observed midnight elevations are shown for two years: last year and the current year to date. These are the actual elevations of the reservoir immediately upstream of the dam, measured at midnight of each day. The previous night’s elevation is added to the graph by 6 a.m. the next morning.
The flood guide line is a seasonal elevation guide that shows the amount of storage allocated in a reservoir for flood damage reduction. The operating objective is to keep the reservoir level at the dam at or below this line to be ready for flood events.
The reservoir level may rise above the flood guide as a result of large inflows, but the level is lowered to the flood guide line as soon as it can be done without increasing downstream flood damage.
From June 1 through Labor Day, elevations are maintained as close as possible to this line to support recreation. During this time, elevations fall below this line only when rainfall and runoff are insufficient to meet system flow requirements.
The line depicts the elevation immediately upstream of the dam which TVA targets throughout the year.
Minimum recreation level
The minimum recreation level is the elevation that must be maintained on Tims Ford Reservoir to benefit recreation from May 15 to October 15. When the reservoir level reaches or falls below this minimum level, TVA releases only enough water to protect downstream water quality. The only exception to this rule is in the event of a power system emergency. The operating guide for Tims Ford specifies a minimum recreation level because part of the original authorization for Tims Ford was recreation.
If you compare the operating guides for different reservoirs, please note that the scale for the vertical “Elevation” axis varies. To keep the size of the charts consistent, a larger scale is used for reservoirs that fluctuate significantly; a smaller scale is used for reservoirs that typically fluctuate only a few feet.