Remmel Dam, the older of the two dams, was the first major generating facility
in Arkansas, built by Arkansas Power & Light under the leadership of Harvey
Couch in 1923. Carpenter Dam was built 9 years later by AP&L, which later
became Entergy. Both are on the Ouachita River. Remmel Dam creates Lake
Catherine and Carpenter Dam creates Lake Hamilton. The dams and lakes together
form Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project #271.
The two hydroelectric stations can generate 65.3 megawatts of electricity,
enough to power more than 50,000 homes.
Under the license issued by FERC, Entergy has numerous responsibilities
regarding both the operation of the dams and the management of the shoreline
of the associated lakes. “Harvey Couch would be very pleased to see that in
2003-- and now looking ahead through 2053 -- his dream endures. His project
continues to benefit the people of Arkansas as a source of recreation, scenic
beauty, and emission-free electricity,” said Doug Sikes, manager of Entergy
The renewed license is similar to the previous one, but there are some
differences in what it requires of Entergy.
The general nature and purpose of the license will not change. Entergy is
still responsible for facilitating general recreational use of the lakes and
managing non-project use (docks, seawalls, etc.) in a manner that protects and
enhances the project’s scenic, recreational and environmental value.
However, the license is more specific and, in some cases, more restrictive in
how Entergy is required to fulfill its obligations. Many of the changes
involve environmental considerations.