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Gotta say after working in power plants for 7 years thats some gross negligence on the operators. The amount of systems and regulations in place to prevent that kind of stuff would make your ears bleed before you raise 10deg cooling discharge temps per hour. 

 

In NY they made us shut down a 1000MW power plant that used river water as a cooling source because of aquatic life. 

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On 2/5/2024 at 9:03 AM, Functional said:

Gotta say after working in power plants for 7 years thats some gross negligence on the operators. The amount of systems and regulations in place to prevent that kind of stuff would make your ears bleed before you raise 10deg cooling discharge temps per hour. 

 

In NY they made us shut down a 1000MW power plant that used river water as a cooling source because of aquatic life. 

Here in Indiana we have Turtle Creek. It's an idle only and 14 foot boat minimum lake that is heated from a power plant. It also has a 20in limit.  It has produced some big fish despite the wind hazards and shallow water. Several years ago they had a discharge issue that killed pretty much everything in it, including some DDs. With the relaxed regulation and changes at the plant, the lake has never fully recovered. 

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@FishTank Been a decade or two since Turtle Creek was worth driving all the way over to, hasn’t it? Once those scum mats were gone, the bass didn’t seem to last very long or became much more difficult to catch. I miss that mat fishing. 😞

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1 hour ago, RipzLipz said:

@FishTank Been a decade or two since Turtle Creek was worth driving all the way over to, hasn’t it? Once those scum mats were gone, the bass didn’t seem to last very long or became much more difficult to catch. I miss that mat fishing. 😞

From what I heard, when the mats died down, the oxygen levels changed in the water, which changed the whole eco system of the lake.

 

The wind was so bad the last time I was there, the alarms went off and we had to get off the water.  The forecast for Indy was 5mph winds, not 35-50. 

 

It was fun while it lasted though.  It seemed like every fish was 5lbs+ back in the day.

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