I visited Williams Island recently and finally got a closer look at the lighted buoys that warn paddlers of north dam at the island. In September, I wrote about residents on the north bank reportedly being upset about the bright lights coming from the buoys.
The buoys, which say “Boats Keep Out,” are there to warn boaters of the nearby dam, which is in place to divert water from the James into the City of Richmond Water Purification Plant.
The homes are situated on a bluff in a the pricy neighborhood (not sure if Windsor Farms extends that far west) overlooking the James River above uninhabited Williams Island, which is across from Pony Pasture Rapids on Riverside Drive.
There are two buoys on the south side of Williams Island as well, positioned to warn boaters of the Z-Dam. Those buoys are apparently not lighted. All four buoys were put in place by the Department of Public Utilities, which is in charge of the two dams and the 100-acre Williams Island.
Has anyone seen the lights from the buoys at night, either by water or from the hilltop above?