Lake Anna Life & Times Summer 20 1 8 20 See Pages 22-23 For LakeAnna Dining News When predicted rain began to fall on Thursday, June 21, most folks around the lake just figured it would be another rainy day of an unusually rainy spring and early summer season. Little did they know that over the next 24 hours five to six inches of rain would fall in the Lake Anna watershed that encompasses parts of Orange, Spotsylvania and Louisa Counties. By Friday, June 22, the rain intensified due to a lingering low-pressure system, dropping two inches of rain in about an hour-and-a- half. Marina operators, homeowners and Dominion Energy watched with growing con- cern as the lake began to rise quickly. By Friday evening the lake level had risen from 250 feet above sea level to 252 feet above sea level and continued to rise. Dominion Energy owns and operates the one-mile long earth and stone Lake Anna dam, which was built in the 1970s to create Lake Anna and support electrical produc- tion from the North Anna Power Station. The dam is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Dam op- erators continuously monitor the water level in the lake and consider many factors when acting to release excess water through the spillway. Release from the spillway is not only to maintain adequate level in the lake, Waste Heat Treatment Facility, and maintain flow for downstream water uses, but also to en- sure the protection of the public living down- stream of the dam on the North Anna River.   On Friday, June 22, 2018, with water level in the lake reaching 252 feet above sea level due to intense and concentrated rainfall, the fifth time this has occurred since the dam was placed in service, Dominion Energy took action. Because the amount of rainwater Lake Anna receives cannot be controlled, Domin- ion Energy relies on its operating procedures to guide its actions to manage the release of water safely from the spillway. It does this by opening normally closed radial gates on the dam. According to Dominion Energy spokesman, Lake Rises Two Feet In Under 12 Hours, Dominion Opens Flood Gates To Control Volume Aerial photo taken July 24 after approximately five to six inches of rain fell in 24 hours in the Lake Anna watershed. around the lake Richard Zuercher, “Dominion Energy Reser- voir Abnormal Water Level procedures were initiated when lake level began to rise. These procedures initiate an incremental opening of the spillway’s three, large radial gates.  This controls the rate of release and changes in rates of release to ensure protection of North Anna river’s downstream citizens, property and public infrastructure.  The Emergency Action Plan for the North Anna Hydroelectric Project Lake Anna Dam was initiated and public officials were notified and updated on the condition of the spillway and radial gate positioning.  All spillway equipment operated as expected throughout the event.” Many residents’ piers, seawalls and boat- houses were inundated for about eight hours. Dominion Energy stabilized the water level by Friday evening and the water level began to drop Saturday and was back to near normal pool by Wednesday. April 28 May 19 June 9 July 14 Aug. 11 Sept. 8 The Skystone Bluegrass Band Bring friends, family and a lawn chair! Beer, Wine, Soda, Water & Food Available Absolutely No Coolers & No Pets Brought to you by: Happy Hour @5:30 Bands Begin @6:30 Fennario Mach 25 Blues Flash Karen Jonas Pop-Up Trailers l a k e a n n a business Par t n e r s h i p Lake Anna’s 2018 At Anna Point Marina’s Event Pavilion SUNSET CONCERT SERIES GREENSWARD DESIGN | BUILD North Anna Nuclear Information Center Lake Anna Business Partnership Bill Fosdick photo