Stuart Dunis will speak about Lake Oswego's Three Best Kept Secrets: The Hydropower Plant.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation begins at 7. Attendees are invited to enjoy the exhibit in the Oswego Heritage Council's Museum exhibit room and have coffee and cookies before and after the lecture. Most presenters are finished by 8pm. The Lake Oswego Library has books to lend at each First Wednesday for attendees. These books coordinate with each specific lecture.
Did you know that Lake Oswego has a hydropower plant and why? Do YOU know where it is? Stuart Dunis will share his personal experiences and knowledge of Lake Oswego’s hydropower plant at Oswego Heritage Council’s First Wednesday November 7, 2012. He will focus on the flood of 96 and other major events as well as discuss the historical significance and importance of the power plant, how it functions, its relation to the dam and headgate and the impact of all three on Lake Oswego today. A tour of the hydropower plant will be offered at a later date.
Stuart is a long time Lake Oswego resident who grew up having The Lake in his backyard. He has always been passionate about lake activities and law enforcement. Stuart is a retired Clackamas County sheriff deputy who spent most of his time doing lake patrol duty on Lake Oswego. He also worked for the Lake Corporation for 19 years from 1983 to 2003 first as a staff member and then as operations manager. One of his primary responsibilities was to keep the power plant operating smoothly and maintain the appropriate water levels of the lake. As recently as last year, when the power plant became non-functional and could not produce electricity, LOC called Stuart in as a consultant to determine the problem. Lake Manager Jeff Ward put it this way “ Of the many people who operated the power plant over the years, Stuart is one of a very few who hasn’t passed away that knows the technical side inside and out. Stuart actually manufactured a part to work on a temporary basis just to get the power plant running again until the permanent part could be located and installed. Due to its antiquity, locating the part was not an easy task. He really saved our bacon.”
Special thanks to the Lake Oswego Corporation and Lake Manager Jeff Ward for providing historical data and photos and to Nancy Dunis for her organizational assistance.