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Kerr Lake’s Virginia State Parks Invite you to Walk, Run or Ride on National Trails Day

Whether you just want to quietly want to walk and observe or really move on down the trail, the Virginia State Parks around Kerr Lake have opportunities for you.  This Saturday, June 6th, is National Trails Days and you can do everything from pick your path at Occoneechee to help clean or build trails at the other parks.  Discover below how you can volunteer and or just enjoy!

 

Occoneechee State Park 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd., Clarksville, VA 23927 Phone: 434-374-2210   Email Address: Occoneechee@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/occoneechee.shtml

Event time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

National Trails Day is a day to remember how lucky we are to have well-maintained trails for enjoyment in our community. So come out and celebrate at Occoneechee State Park and take advantage of one of the 8 trails the park has to offer.

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There are surprises at Occoneechee!

The 1.2 mile, circular Old Plantation Trail contains interpretive signs that can teach you about the various structures located on the old plantation grounds. It also encompasses the peaceful, scenic landscape of the Terrace Gardens.

Bird-lovers will enjoy the 1.1 mile long Tutelo Birding Trail which contains an elevated look-out that can be used to discover the various birds Occoneechee has to offer.

The Mossey Creek and Big Oak Nature Trails allow you to get away from everyday stress with tranquil, wooded landscapes that can help you reconnect with nature.

The 1.5 mile Mossey Creek Trail contains a small, peaceful creek and connects with the .4 mile Warrior’s Path.

If you’ve never seen a beaver dam, then hike the 1.7 mile Beaver Pond Trail to see all the hard work that beavers put into creating their homes.

There is also the 7.5 mile Panhandle Multiuse Trail, which can be used for horseback riding and biking.

No matter what kind of hike you prefer, Occoneechee has the perfect trail for you.

 

Staunton River State Park 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA 24589 Phone: 434-572-4623   Email Address: StauntonRiver@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river.shtml

Event time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hike the River Bank Trail along the Staunton River with a ranger as you conduct trail maintenance, remove debris out of the trail, and look for ways to improve the existing trail system. Along the hike, issues such as trail construction, erosion, and trail maintenance will be discussed so that volunteers will understand why trails require a little TLC from time to time. Virginia State Parks belong to the people, so visit your local state park and help improve it for your fellow nature lovers. At the end of the hike, you will enjoy a free wagon ride back to the Staunton River area.

 

Staunton River Battlefield State Park 1035 Fort Hill Trail, Randolph, VA 23962 Phone: 434-454-4312   Email Address: srbattle@dcr.virginia.gov Web Site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/staunton-river-battlefield.shtml

Event time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Seeking volunteers to join park staff in helping with the initial layout and construction of the new trail surrounding Mulberry Hill Pond. Meet at Roanoke Station.

If you would like information on these or other Virginia State Parks, contact, Pat Eastwood, Visitor Services Specialist, Virginia State Parks, Southern Virginia, 434-471-0154.

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Steele Creek Marina Thanks Military & Customers with BBQ & a BEAT for Memorial Day

We the people…who use Kerr Lake appreciate the commitment of all the companies who provide goods and services for us. And as we at Kerr Lake Park Watch know, all the different kinds of companies and organizations that sell us, serve us and sometimes save us, well, that’s a bunch of businesses because it takes a lot to serve the more than one and a half million people who boat, fish, ski, hike, walk, run, camp, picnic and cook and more at, on and in Kerr Lake.

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One of the newer businesses that’s really trying to make a mark with new and improved services, products and rentals is Steele Creek Marina and Campground.  It’s really good to see Charles and Jill Robinson, the new proprietors of Steele Creek Marina stepping up and out with new services for their customers and for celebrating special times like Memorial Day.  The marina has a real family feeling to it now.

We thought you’d like a two-minute look at this special celebration of patriotism and customer appreciation.  Here’s the link:  Steele Creek Customer Appreciation & Memorial Day

 

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YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION NC ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE LITERALLY GOING UP THE RIVER TODAY

YOU’VE DONE NOTHING AND NOW YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY MADE BY THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. 

BOARD MEMBERS HAVE MEETING WITH NC STATE SENATORS THIS AFTERNOON TO TRY TO CHANGE HOUSE BILL 795, WHILE THE BILL ITSELF SAILS BY FIRST READING IN SENATE.

Even as members of the board of the Roanoke River Basin Association and supporters from other groups, interested in halting or at least slowing the sale of 10 million gallons a day of Kerr Lake water to Franklin County and beyond, prepare to meet this afternoon with Senator Angela Bryant who represents the Kerr Lake area and other senators, the hurried passage of HB 795 being pushed by big business and Governor Pat McCrory is getting closer and closer.  The RRBA and legislators meet this afternoon in Room 414 of the Legislative Office Building.

Simply put, House Bill 795 would greatly eliminate the public, that’s you, from commenting or issuing a formal opinion about practically all of the environmental policy and rule changes made in North Carolina.  It would eliminate most of the public notices now required and right now would hurry along the implementation of the Inter Basin Transfer of water from Kerr Lake to Franklin County and beyond.

Kerr Lake Park Watch’s position is that that allocation made by the Corps of Engineers is for development of the poor Tier One counties around the lake and to keep that water within the same basin.  That concept has been hammered to public officials by KLPW, the RRBA, the Sierra Club and a group called Preserve Our NC Lakes Community.  What may be thousands of emails from citizens objecting to this transfer and to the overall changing of input was called a few emails in an address by DENR official Tom Franzen last week to the Henderson City Council which is the water power behind the transfer which would add millions of dollars to the city’s coffers.

“Go ahead and sit there at your TV or computer and do nothing and they will legislate your damn freedoms right away from you,” said a perturbed KLPW Frank Timberlake.  “The legislators have ignored and are ignoring the public’s plea for an Environmental Impact Study.  The media has either been told to back off this story or either they just can’t see the public’s right to government input being taken away.  DENR was the agency that said coal ash ponds were ok and you want me to have them making policy without public input?  I don’t think so.”

Timberlake is urging anyone who is involved not just with Kerr Lake but any aspect of the environment to stop today, right now and call their state senator and say, “Just put the brakes on this until we can all catch a breath and stop that IBT on Kerr Lake.”  Here’s a direct link to your senator’s phone and email:  http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=senate.

By the way, next week, maybe even tomorrow will be too late.

 

 

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KERR LAKE PARK WATCH ASKS REP. BASKERVILLE TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF STEELE CREEK MARINA

Kerr Lake Park Watch today asked Vance County Representative Nathan Baskerville to intervene on behalf of a Vance County business with the State Construction Office and the State Property Office regarding new and increasing demands for improvements at Steele Creek Marina, the latest being electrical requirements.

“We’re asking Representative Baskerville to investigate the excessive demands and requirements being placed on the lessee of the Steele Creek Marina.  It’s like a vendetta and it needs to cease,” said KLPW spokesman Frank Timberlake, “State Parks is happy, the Corps is happy, but these other guys, well, that’s a different story.

“We’re upgrading everything as hard as we can,” said marina operator Charles Robinson. “We’ve been fixing and adding on every day.  But even our very experienced electrical engineers are asking why certain demands are being made of us.  They want to know who we’ve ticked off in Raleigh.”

The rub may go back to when Kerr Lake Park Watch exposed a contract for the marina being awarded by the state property office that did not pay the previous operator a fraction of the worth of the tangible assets.  Working with local citizens and legislators, KLPW pushed for the State of North Carolina to see the previous owner properly paid and to see that the Steele Creek contract went to a qualified operator.

Timberlake commented, “I personally know that yesterday, May 4, 2015, Charles Robinson was under water most of the day shoring up anchors and other dock attachments.  He’s been in the boat and boat repair businesses for years.  If it’s in the water or on it, Charles Robinson knows it.  His marina is now open seven days a week.  We are seeing constant improvements and services never offered before.  When has that ever existed?  And, he’s a family guy transforming the marina into family fun and services. You can even rent boats, kayaks and paddle boards now.”

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The KLPW leader went on to say that he also knows that many possible improvements in the seven NC State Recreation Areas on Kerr Lake are hampered even halted by excessive regulation by the state property office and the state construction office. “One guy told me that those people have ordered him to change drawings for a simple project seven times.  Not once have they ever set foot on the property, they just rule autonomously and blindly from Raleigh, and it’s got to stop,” said Timberlake.

According to Timberlake, that arrogant, insufferable, if not vengeful attitude, by those two offices is why KLPW asked Rep. Baskerville to intervene and investigate for himself. “We’ve got nearly 1000 campsites around the shores of Kerr Lake and there are a lot of lake users who are dependent on those marinas.  Those marinas are big business for Vance County and anywhere one is located.  That’s why we have asked for Baskerville’s help.  This should be right up his alley as he claims to be a ‘people’s man’ and the little businessman is getting squashed by the government for which he pays.” Timberlake added, “We hope that Representative Baskerville can get Charles and Steele Creek some well-deserved breathing room.  The state has never put a dime into that marina, not a dime.  I ought to know.  I helped write the first lease ever when I served on a state parks board. “

Since Robinson got a short lease 13 instead of 25 years, due to the NC and US Army Corps of Engineers leasing window, maybe the State of North Carolina decided to force him to fix up Steele Creek and if he doesn’t make it, so what.   Timberlake thinks, “Yes, and maybe those guys in the state property office already have the next lessee picked out.  Well, it won’t happen in the dark, not on our watch.”

 

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NEW VIDEO SHOWS THE SPIRIT OF KERR LAKE PARK WATCH AT WORK

Creating a volunteer day has been on the list of things needed of Kerr Lake Park Watch since its creation over four years ago.  It has taken time to materialize and when it did, establishing a Volunteer Day for the NC State Recreation Areas at Kerr Lake came fast due to schedules.  But on April 25th, with a small group of volunteers and a slightly larger diversified park staff group, some great works emerged and some old friendships were strengthened while some new ones began.

Supporting KLPW since its inception, marketing communications firm, R F Timberlake & Company, Inc. has provide public relations, issues and government relations and other valuable contributions.  Seeing what the volunteers at Hibernia did on that day sparked the creative types in the marcom company to create a lasting “thank you” to all who helped, in the hopes that Volunteer Days will develop at all seven NC State Park Recreation Areas on Kerr Lake.

Enjoy the video:  Hibernia Volunteer Day 2015

 

 

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SMALL GROUP GETS BIG THINGS DONE AT HIBERNIA’S FIRST VOLUNTEER DAY

Amidst the tug-of-war over water transfers and the like that has dominated the Kerr Lake news lately, another tug-of-war took place this past Saturday where a group of loyal volunteers and Kerr Lake state parks personnel whipped back some extra tasks during a Volunteer Work Day at Hibernia State Recreation Area.  Although some other parks like Kimball Point have had such days, this was a first for the park, one of two NC parks on the western shores of Kerr Lake.  The event was sort of pushed to get going, time wise, but a hearty group of parks pros and determined park supporters set out to complete the “To Do” list.

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With a constant wind and the threat of rain that when it came, actually did little more than drizzle, the dedicated bunch squared off at 9:00 AM Saturday morning with the list of “To Do’s” and divided up into teams.  “I was a team of one on the wire brush detail,” said volunteer Linda Timberlake who scraped off paint from the handrails of the old concession stand site.  Volunteer Tom Elmore and park employees Bob Smith and Will Ruark fixed a drainage problem at the picnic shelter, planted new campsite signs, tended bushes and shrubs and other tasks.

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Then there were the tree cutters and the “I must cut limbs so they don’t hit RV’s and trailers” gang.  Assistant Superintendent Lee Amos and park worker Megan Cottrell got out chain saws and logged for a time as camper Larry Matthews headed for a job he’s wanted to do for years, trim back pesky limbs.  Chief Ranger Elliott McDowell hoped to get up six to eight new park information signs, but he got 12 up with volunteers Frank Timberlake, Harold White and park folks Harold Duncan, John Abbott and later on, Chris Curl.

From park maintenance, Sandra Hargrove and Tyrone Williams took on tasks and helped wherever needed.  Later in the day Joel and Lisa Bailey arrived and that’s when the heavy duty power washer and super scrub went into effect at the park bathhouse as Larry Matthews cleaned out the rafters.

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Even when the rain came, the determined small band carefully watched radars in order to finish the tasks.  “We did not get enough head start to publicize the Volunteer Day,” said Kerr Lake Park Watch spokesperson Frank Timberlake, “but you surely cannot tell our group was small by all the deeds that were done.  And we think so very highly of these parks people, several who told us they appreciate the fact that we care so much.  It was a great day!”

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It would have been nice if the event had been publicized more and it would have been nice to have had more volunteers.  But it was Joel Bailey who expressed the success of the event maybe the best, “You can’t put a price on a day like today.  The park staff gets good help and we the park users get to help on some things with a little more detail.  By working together friendships are created or grown.  I hope the state folks up the line are paying attention because we’re all willing to do this again.”

Lisa Bailey adds, “I want to see us have a volunteer day before the poison ivy and crawlers come out in the Spring and maybe even before the parks open here at Kerr Lake.”  Volunteer Tom Elmore added as the work day came to a close, “You can tell how proud everyone is here and you can see the good that’s been done.”

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THERE’S STILL TIME FOR YOU TO WRITE YOUR KERR LAKE WATER WITHDRAWAL COMMENTS TO NC DENR

PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE IBT  or water transfer from Kerr Lake can still be made through April 30th.  You may simply send an email with your views to: kim.nimmer@ncdenr.gov.

Below are the three goals of the Kerr Lake area group, Preserve Our North Carolina Lakes Community and the message points that the group, the RRBA, KLPW, the Sierra Club and other groups all hope that citizens will use in their comments.

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Your email should speak to the proposed Interbasin Transfer (IBT) Certificate for the Kerr Lake Regional Water System.  NCDENR will be accepting comments regarding the proposed certificate through April 30, 2015.  All comments received will be part of the public record, and will be included along with responses prepared by NCDENR as part of the Hearing Officer’s Report to the NC Environmental Management Commission.

The Environmental Management Commission is the decision-making body for the proposed IBT certificate.  NCDENR anticipates the final determination will be made at the Environmental Management Commission’s July 9th meeting.

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KERR LAKE WATER WITHDRAWAL APPROACHES DANGER LEVEL

It’s the 11th hour for Kerr Lake and the fast track, bulldoze effort against the citizens of Granville, Vance & Warren as the NC House meets tonight to push through HB 795 which nulls and voids petitions, public outcry and all the other rules that were previously changed to eliminate public scrutiny of the 10-million gallon interbasin transfer of water from Kerr Lake to Franklin County and beyond. “We say, the action of the water transfer is legal, but it is certainly not ethical as I mentioned in a citizen grassroots meeting in Henderson Thursday night, and as far as the actions of the General Assembly, I am not sure passing laws to keep the public’s legal right of review in itself is legal, and if those actions like tonight’s quick almost secret vote on HB 795 are legal, they shouldn’t be,” said KLPW’s Frank Timberlake. “I’ve never seen government work its tail off to push the public’s constitutional rights away. Where the hell is the ALCU and the NAACP? Why are they standing still for these poor counties to get thrashed by big money and politics like this?” Industries in Franklin County told Governor McCrory they must have water or they will move, and the Governor then told the secretaries of the Departments of Commerce and DENR that getting the Interbasin Transfer must occur in a hurry and to get legislators “to do what they have to do” to make it happen. Timberlake added, “We told the City of Henderson people the other night that they ought to slow the process and give consideration to having a full Environmental Impact Statement. They had no response.” “With a void of 31 percent of the capacity of Falls Lake when it was built, what should be done is a new higher dam with a highway across it that should be put at Falls Lake and there’s the Triangle’s water for the next 50 or 60 years. But you won’t hear a Triangle official recommend that,” added Timberlake. Unless Representative Nathan Baskerville and Senator Angela Bryant, neither who can be found, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, or some judge intervene on behalf of the citizens of those counties and the group, “Preserve Our North Carolina Lakes Community” the NC General Assembly will quietly pass HB 795 tonight and allow no public comment or input. The lake preservation group is now attempting to ask the US Justice Department to intercede. One of the “ordinary citizens” working to keep Kerr Lake’s water from being taken by the KLWRS (City of Henderson) and selling it for profit outside the three county area is farmer John Hyson who sent out this urgent message this morning, “Thank you for attending the public meeting or signing a petition about what is being done to our lake. Congratulations.  They have heard our voices, because they are now trying to pass more legislation in a night session today to revise the rules yet again – even before our April 30 deadline.   They have decided to re-write some of what they sneaked through last November to now say any Inter Basin Transfer under 20 Million Gallons per Day can now be done with the stroke of a pen.   (HB795 to pass GS113A-4{2A}). The trick is that one sentence, “The failure of that agency to provide comments….”   Passed by default!  No Environmental Impact Statement.   No announcement to the public, much less public hearings.  No economic review. They have also devised this bill so that there is no public input allowed on this bill itself.   The Sierra Club which has been active for 44 years in partnership with our Legislature was told they could have only one minute to speak about the potential damage of these changes. We have got to stop this House Bill #795!  Please take the time today to call/email our representative/senator to ask them to please support our poor counties versus the rich.  Ask them to get more information before they vote.  Do not neglect Tier One Counties.  Do not cancel Environmental Impact Statements from DENR review.” Hyson added the contact info for legislators: Angela Bryant            919-733-5878    Angela.Bryant@ncleg.net Nathan Baskerville    919-733-5824     Nathan.Baskerville@ncleg.net   Please also call the sponsors of this bill, all from Tier 2 Counties! John Torbett {Gaston}        919-733-5868   John.Torbett@ncleg.net Mike Hager  {Burke}           919-733-5749   Mike.Hager@ncleg.net Chris Millis  {Onslow}          919-733-9664   Chris.Millis@ncleg.net   The gist of all of this is that the government of the State of North Carolina being the Governor and the General Assembly, for selfish reasons, maybe possible gain, have denounced the legal rights of the citizens of Granville, Vance and Warren Counties and have damned the voice of the citizenry. Is there not one person who knows a judge who will emerge from the third branch of the government to help those people and all of us who try to help Kerr Lake? Tick, tick, tick….

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LACK OF MEDIA COVERAGE FORCES LAKE GROUP TO WORK EVEN HARDER AGAINST KERR LAKE WATER TRANSFER

 

They are not public speakers.  They are not tree huggers.  They are ordinary citizens, who farm, nurse, teach, promote Vance County, build houses and on and on, just citizens whose voices have been muffled as they try to slow precious water being taken from their homeland and sold for profit to more populous and thriving areas.  They want to be heard, they want their area around Kerr Lake to grow and prosper.  That’s it.

One must wonder who stifled the media coverage of a citizen’s group effort in Henderson last night. Ordinary folks are trying to slow a government-pushed fast track push to send Kerr Lake water outside of its service area.Those of us with Kerr Lake Park Watch saw WRAL extensively interviewing a City of Henderson official, and then, leave. KLPW’s Frank Timberlake was a speaker last night and sent his opinion to WRAL’s Adam Owens.

“Adam Owens – YOU DIDN’T EVEN STAY FOR THE MEETING! Yours is pitiful coverage of the Kerr Lake Water Withdrawal dilemma. You interviewed the bureaucrat and left. It’s not a debate. It is a battle of citizens against bureaucracy. It is the City of Henderson for profit, and the State of North Carolina for Tier 3 growth, trying to circumvent the intent of the law and to railroad through the Interbasin Transfer of 10 million plus gallons of Kerr Lake water to Franklin County and Raleigh, leaving the potential growth water for Granville, Vance and Warren Counties depleted. Understand that the City of Henderson gets over $2 million dollars a year for the water it now sells Franklin County, but Henderson spent nearly half a million building a pipeline to Franklin County, yet the west side of Kerr Lake doesn’t have any of the KLWRS’s water.


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The truth is those 60 or so people last night at the Vance County Commissioners’ Room are trying to get signatures to stop the State of North Carolina’s DENR Division of Water Quality to approve the withdrawal, a process that was kept quiet and reduced from holding 3 public hearings to 1 and from advertising in 47 papers to 3 and the one used to promote the process to inform Vance, Granville and Warren citizens was the Mecklenburg Sun in Clarksville, VA, go figure.

 

So the band of citizens you left early last night are left with a half-ass story and must get petitions signatures without any strong media help, they must call their legislators and push not to stop the water transfer, but to halt it long enough for any Environmental Impact Study to be properly completed. Then they must decide if their citizen group, “Preserve Our North Carolina Lakes Community” along with the RRBA will take legal action.



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All this is about supplying water to Franklin County whose big industries have pulled Governor McCrory’s strings and said, “More water or we go.” For the people in the Kerr Lake area, once the water is sent elsewhere, the pipe will never again be cut off. The people of Vance, Warren and Granville look sadly down at the greedy City of Henderson which operates the Kerr Lake Water Resource System and say to all, “Let them build and expand their businesses here.”

If you want more info from the people and ordinary citizen side, go to the website www.Ej-pp.org. WRAL’S story says there’s a July deadline. The real deadline to stop the water sale and transfer is April 30th, only six days.

Adam, your excuse for leaving early as the group’s leaders begged you to stay, was that you needed some video of the lake. How many hours of B-roll video of Kerr Lake does WRAL have?

I fully expect to see you named as one of the Governor’s spokespeople. That’s what happens to reporters when they lose their objectivity.”

Understand that we at Kerr Lake Park Watch are as much opposed to the fast track approach and rule bending as we are the lack of an Environmental Impact Study being performed. Governor McCrory told us that he would cut red tape but he did not mention that he would lead the effort to circumvent the law or have the laws changed to make that happen, lessening citizen involvement.

It’s your lake up there, take it back or lose it.

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CORPS SAYS WATER ALLOCATION ALREADY MADE – RRBA SAYS WATER SHOULDN’T LEAVE ROANOKE RIVER SYSTEM

The US Army Corps of Engineers has clarified its position to Kerr Lake Park Watch on water withdrawal from Kerr Lake by KLRWS, saying that the allocation including the 10 million gallons of water per day, was approved years ago.

After KLPW asked about the allocation in yesterday’s Corp of Engineers’ water resource meeting, Tony Young, Water Management for the Corps’ Wilmington District gave KLPW an answer to ‘why this is not a Corps’ issue, “The City of Henderson has had a water use/storage agreement with the federal government dating back to the mid-1970s, allowing withdrawals up to 20 million gallons per day (MGD) from Kerr Lake. In 2006, that water-use agreement was converted to a water-storage agreement following a detailed study. That study took into account that most of the water use would be consumptive (i.e., not returned to Kerr Lake) and evaluated the impacts of a 20 MGD withdrawal (with no return) on lake levels, power generation, and other project purposes. The proposed interbasin transfer by the Henderson/KLRWS does not involve any additional storage or increased withdrawals above and beyond those already taken into account in their current water storage agreement with the Corps. Therefore, there is no federal action required on the part of the Corps, as Henderson is not requesting a change to their existing storage agreement. Requests for interbasin transfers are processed and approved or denied at the state level.”

Gene Addesso, President of the Roanoke River Basin Association, resounded the fact, “Unfortunately Frank, the Corps has already, (years ago) allocated water supply to the City of Henderson, which is in the basin, (20 mgd per day), which is enough to cover the IBT. The Corps is not involved in the IBT.”

“It is a State of NC issue. Allocation does not approve or disapprove an IBT. The problem resides with the KLRWS selling water out of the Basin and NC allowing it, if they do.”

Addesso went on to provide Kerr Lake Park Watch with a more refined statement of why the RRBA and others want the process slowed down, if not halted. The following is an upcoming RRBA newsletter explanation of the organization’s stance:

Kerr Lake Regional Water System Inter-Basin Transfer Request

RRBA Comments

The Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has been working with the Roanoke River Basin Association on comments regarding the Kerr Lake Regional Water System’s (KLRWS) proposed inter-basin transfer (IBT) project. The KLRWS seeks to increase the transfer of water from the Roanoke River basin to the Tar River, Fishing Creek and Neuse River basins from the grandfathered amount of 10 millions of gallons per day (mgd) to a total of 14.2 mgd by 2045 in order to meet projected future water demands in the receiving areas. In January 2015, KLRWS submitted an environmental assessment to the Division of Water Resources, which issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, thus forwarding the project to the public comment stage.

The Duke Law Clinic has found that the Division of Water Resources incorrectly allowed for an environmental assessment (EA) to be conducted instead of a more complete environmental impact statement (EIS). In North Carolina, any IBT above 2 mgd requires certification by the Environmental Management Commission and any major river basin transfer requiring such certification mandates an EIS. An EIS would include a comprehensive analysis of direct, secondary and cumulative impacts resulting from the transfer, such as to the 9 threatened and endangered species (Atlantic Sturgeon, Roanoke Logperch, Southern Bog Turtle, Dwarf Wedgemussel, James Spinymussel, Tar River Spinymussel, Small-anthered Bittercress, Small Whorled Pogonia and Smooth Coneflower) that are found in the source or receiving basins. On the contrary, the approved EA lacked any such concrete analysis supporting its claim of no significant impacts. The Clinic and RRBA board are thus preparing their final comments on the project (due April 30th), officially opposing the IBT until a proper EIS is performed.

On behalf of the RRBA

By: Emily Blanchard

Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

 

The CORPS says it’s already approved. The ROANOKE RIVER BASIN ASSN says allocation is not the issue: Selling water to outside of Roanoke River Basin and bypassing/misusing the rules are the issues.

Our questions: Should the Corps of Engineers rethink their Kerr Lake allocations if LOCAL authorities are going to sell off water to other areas?

Is the Kerr Lake Regional Water Resource System setting up the Vance-Warren counties for a local water depletion later on for the quick buck now?

There is a meeting tomorrow night organized by the “Preserve Our North Carolina Lakes Community” at the Vance Commissioners’ Room at 122 Young Street in Henderson. It starts at 6:00PM.

You can go or not. You can get involved or not. But once you give it away, you cannot get it back.

Just ask any Indian.

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