This week, Alliance Energy Renewables, soon to take over ownership of the hydropower reservoir system in Sullivan County (including Swinging Bridge), promised this week to refill the Swinging Bridge Reservoir "to the levels prior to the dam repair." That’s great news. While Mirant, the current owner, started the refill this spring, there’s been a lot of anxiety about the Alliance takeover, because they were silent on whether they were committed to maintaining and operating the reservoirs. For more info, you may want to read the article in this Tueday’s Sullivan County Democrat.
Swinging Bridge is looking pretty good. The level is up to about 1,050 feet. (No, that doesn’t mean that SB is 1,050 feet deep. The lake level is measured at feet above sea level.) The historical level for recreation is 1,070. It looked like SB briefly reached 1,070, but that was due to water being held back during last week’s heavy rains as part of a flood management plan. There’s a ways to go to reach 1,070, in terms of testing and approvals, but certainly things are moving in the right direction. No word yet, though, on when motorboating will again be permitted on the lake, but hopefully by this summer.