Morgan Falls Dam
Bull Sluice Lake is created by Morgan Falls Dam, a small hydroelectric dam located along the Chattahoochee River at the northern end of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and crossing the river westwards into eastern Cobb County in north metro Atlanta. Originally constructed in 1904 by Georgia Power to provide electricity for Atlanta's streetcars, it now provides enough power for about 4,400 homes. It was named for then recently deceased Georgia Power president S. Morgan Smith's mother whose maiden name was Morgan. At the time it was by far the largest hydroelectric plant in the state. In 1924 it was rebuilt as a 60 cycle plant with 15,000 kilowatts (up from the original 10,500kW). In 1957 it was raised to regulate the flow from the larger Buford Dam, 36 miles (58 km) upstream, in order to give Atlanta water during the hours it was needed most. It is 896 feet (273 m) long, and 56 feet (17 m) tall. The dam's current license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was issued in March 1959, and expired in February 2009.
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Georgia Power has begun the required impact studies for re-licensing of the dam, which will be for 30 or 50 years.
- Wright, Wade, The History of the Georgia Power Company, GPC, 1957, p.109
- Wright, Wade, The History of the Georgia Power Company, GPC, 1957, p.183
- Martin, Herald, Atlanta and Environs, Vol III, UGA Press, 1987, p.260