1. The Chattooga is a National Wild and Scenic River, free flowing and protected by the Federal Government for almost 60 miles of its course until it reaches Lake Tugaloo, where the land is owned by Georgia power and leased to logging companies which are rapidly deforesting that area. The land and river possess great historical and recreational significance. It is one of the oldest rivers in the world, over 200 million years, and was home to the Cherokee for nearly two centuries. It would be a great tribute to the spirit of conservation and pride in our American rivers to restore this area to its natural glory. It would put Georgia on the stage as a progressive community in a time when so much attention is focused on our society's energy consumption and exploitation of natural resources.
2. Before the lake existed, there were whitewater sections on both the Chattooga and Tallulah Rivers which have never been run, and about which we know very little. These last few miles of steep winding rapids now lay buried beneath many tons of accumulated silt. A large amount of garbage and junk also rests on the bottom due to the area being used as a dumping ground for decades before federal protection went into effect. With the dam removed, the rivers would immediately begin the natural process of washing out the silt, and the unsightly garbage would be uncovered and ready for removal. The process would take time, but would ultimately lead to the area's enjoyment for future generations.
3. The Tugalo Dam was originally constructed to provide power to a railroad station which was never built, and now exists primarily to control fish populations and lake levels, tasks well within the capabilities of the several additional dams located downstream. It does not produce much power compared to newer projects, and has become a relic on an otherwise beautiful piece of land. Georgia power was one of the largest influences in the Wild and Scenic designation of the Chattooga river in the 1970s, and dismantling their dam would be a generous and beneficial follow-up to that achievement.