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2014 NEWS UDATE

As the new year has started off cold, note that it’s been 4 – 20 degrees lately at a very cold Kerr Lake! We’ll have an updated story on www.kerrlakeparkwatch.org about a bunch of grass carp the USACE recently put into Kerr to help with the growing hydrilla problem.

If the weather persists you may be able to get some “Carpsickles!”

Other updates coming:

• Camper wants to see volunteer program at Kerr Lake NC recreation areas. (already posted on blog)

• Update coming on the QRR and 216 water flow study by the US John H. Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• Update coming from NC State Parks on Hibernia campsite rehab

• Virginia hikes camping and cabin rates for 2014 that affect two Kerr Lake Virginia State Parks.
(NOW ON KERR LAKE PARK WATCH BLOG)

Additionally, we have something for idle campers coming on the “LIGHTER SIDE.”  Check back or use the membership email box on the left so you will always get UPDATES.

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10 DAY WARNING – TO MAKE COMMENT ON HYDRILLA TO US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

It’s very simple.  You have ten days to make your voice heard on the issue of Hydrilla in Kerr Lake in response to the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Assessment.  If you do not respond, things are likely to stay the same which means the continued spread of Hydrilla in Kerr Lake.

The position of Kerr Lake Park Watch is simple.  The lake belongs outright to the US Army Corps of Engineers, period.  The Corps has been slow to acknowledge hydrilla’s existence and then set itself up as the approval center for spray control activities by private entities.  KLPW sees this posture as unacceptable.

Whatever your particular beliefs or position, understand that this is the federal government and without public input, nothing will happen, nothing will change except continued Band-Aid treatments.

You can read the EA in its entirety at:


http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakesandDams/JohnHKerr/NaturalResources/AquaticVegetationManagement.aspx


Written comments regarding this Environmental Assessment should be sent to the address
or e-mail below. Questions may be directed to Mr. Robert Dennis at 434-738-6101 extension
160 or e-mail below.
Mr. Robert Dennis
US Army Corps of Engineers Or e-mail to
JHKERR@usace.army.mil
1930 Mays Chapel Road
Boydton, Virginia 23917

or find this info on page 43 of the USACE Environmental Assessment

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KERR LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OUT FROM CORPS OF ENGINEERS – KLPW VIEW? JURY IS STILL OUT TOO

YOU HAVE UNTIL MAY 31st TO MAKE YOUR OPINION ON KNOWN AND COUNT WITH THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS.  Kerr Lake Park Watch recently received the just completed environmental assessment (EA) prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The EA as it is called discusses the environmental impacts of the Aquatic Vegetation Management Program (AVMP) at the John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir Project (Kerr Reservoir).

The intent of the AVMP is to reduce and avoid adverse impacts associated with uncontrolled growth of hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) in the Reservoir.



The Corps of Engineers is encouraging people with information and/or opinions on HYRDRILLA to make sure the Corps receives any public comment regarding the EA no later than May 31, 2013.

The EA can be found at the following link:

http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakesandDams/JohnHKerr/NaturalResources/AquaticVegetationManagement.aspx

KLPW, in reading the document in a scan only mode only has one assessment at this point:  The US Army Corps of Engineers has again stopped short of taking full responsibility for the lake which it fully, totally and unconditionally owns outright.  We think the Corps should do much more than just regulate spraying; spraying that is at a cost to everyone but the Corps.

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KERR LAKE PARK WATCH GETS CLARIFICATION THAT PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AT UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS


On October 26, 2012 the US Army Corp of Engineers released a letter concerning an Environmental Assessment of Kerr Lake with regard to Hydrilla infestation, with only a 30-day public comment period.  Kerr Lake Park Watch has obtained confirmation that written and oral comments public comments will be taken.


KERR LAKE PARK WATCH (KLPW) a support and improvements group for the park facilities at Kerr Lake has verified that the public will be allowed to make oral comments at two upcoming meetings staged by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The Corps is preparing a “Kerr Reservoir Aquatic Vegetation Management Program (AVMP). In order to implement that program, an Environmental Assessment (EA) will be developed for the evaluation of the environmental impacts on John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir Project (Kerr Reservoir) and contiguous water bodies, associated with the AVMP.”  The study has to do with the exploding population of the aquatic nuisance weed, Hydrilla, shown below in the photo of a Kerr Lake cove.  The photo was taken less than 20 days ago.


 


The letter went on to say that written comments will be received until November 26, 2012 and that two public information and comment sessions have been scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 — 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Vance Granville Community College Civic Center, 200 Community College Road in Henderson, NC.  The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2012 — 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the John H Kerr Reservoir Visitor Assistance Center, 1930 Mays Chapel Road in Boydton, VA.



The letter added, “
The public are invited to come at any time during these open sessions to learn more about the proposed Kerr AVMP. Comments received during the scoping process may also result in


coordination with individuals or agencies on an as-needed basis to discuss certain issues.”


 


“After distributing this letter we started getting emails and calls as to whether the public can speak on record about the increasing problem with hydrilla in Kerr Lake,” said KLPW spokesman Frank Timberlake.  “Inquiries reached the point that we went back to the Corps of Engineers and specifically asked if these meetings will allow citizens to speak their piece about Hydrilla concerns.”



The Corps’ Kerr Lake Manager Michael Womack told KLPW, “Yes, the scoping letter on the website gives all means available for providing comment, to include the two public meetings that will be held next week. Forms will be provided at these public information and comment sessions to receive written comments that will be incorporated/addressed in the Environmental Assessment.”


KLPW has urged its membership to make comment for the record concerning Hydrilla in Kerr Lake. According to Timberlake, “As far as anyone is concerned, Kerr Lake belongs to the US Army Corps of Engineers.  All parks and recreation facilities not owned by the Corps are leased from the Corps.  As the Corps is the owner of the lake, my question is how can the Corps allow individuals or states to treat the water in a lake where the Corps owns the water and the land it is on?  We also want to know why there is such a rush to obtain public input.  We will be watching what happens closely.  Just look at this close-up taken less than three weeks ago of your Kerr Lake.”




Kerr Lake Park Watch has the Environmental Assessment letter in its entirety on www.kerrlakeparkwatch.org or interested persons may request a copy from info@kerrlakeparkwatch.org.


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Names and contacts of public officials with Kerr Lake management responsibilities can be furnished by contacting KLPW at info@kerrlakeparkwatch.org.

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FAST BURN HYDRILLA ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF KERR LAKE IN PROGRESS!

The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that an Environmental Assessment will soon begin on the impact of Hydrilla on Kerr Lake. If you are concerned about Hydrilla in Kerr Lake this may be your best opportunity to let the USACE know!

It is essential that persons experiencing boating, docking, launching and/or swimming difficulty in the water, which is completely under the domain of the US Army Corps of Engineers, make their concerns and/or problamatic circumstances known to the Corps in this very limited window of time.

Interested persons will have until November 26, 2012 to make written comment to the Corps or 30 days from the original notification that the Corps has now decided that it needs to study controlling Hydrilla; given that the agency now feels that Hydrilla elimination is out of the question.

The following letter does not say whether public comment will be taken at two Kerr Lake area meetings in the next few weeks.  Those meetings are scheduled for November 13, 2012 — 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Vance Granville Community College Civic Center, 200 Community College Rd, Henderson, NC 27537; and on November 15, 2012 — 5:00 – 7:00 PM – John H Kerr Reservoir Visitor Assistance Center, 1930 Mays Chapel Road, Boydton, VA 23917

KLPW wants you to be aware of the critical importance of this process. Here is the notification letter in its unedited and complete form:


REPLY TO


ATTENTION OF:


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY


 


WILMINGTON DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS


JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR


1930 MAYS CHAPEL ROAD


BOYDTON, VIRGINIA 23917-9725


 


October 26, 2012


Visitor Assistance Center


Dear Sir or Madam:


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, is preparing a Kerr


Reservoir Aquatic Vegetation Management Program (AVMP). In order to implement that


program, an Environmental Assessment (EA) will be developed for the evaluation of the


environmental impacts on John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir Project (Kerr Reservoir) and


contiguous water bodies, associated with the AVMP. We are requesting comments from


agencies, interest groups, and the public to identify significant resources and issues of concern


with regard to the proposed action. Comments received during the scoping period will be


considered during preparation of the EA.


The EA is being prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National


Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and will address the project’s


relationship to all applicable Federal and State laws and Executive Orders. Significant resources


known to occur in the study area include fisheries; terrestrial; human (including socioeconomic,


recreational and aesthetic); water, wetlands; and cultural. Potential impacts on these resources,


as well as, threatened and endangered species, air quality, shore processes, and any potential


hazardous and toxic waste (HTW) sites in the project area will be fully addressed in the EA.


Should there be other issues which you believe should be discussed in the EA, please take this


opportunity to bring them to our attention.


The presence of aquatic vegetation is an important component to the ecosystem in a


manmade impoundment such as Kerr Reservoir. As the reservoir matures vegetation spreads


throughout the shallows providing habitat for fish, waterfowl and wading birds, benefiting water


quality, and stabilizing shorelines and bottom sediments. Over the past few years dense


vegetative mats dominated by hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) have become established. Hydrilla


is an invasive species on the US Department of Agriculture Federal Noxious Weed List.


Hydrilla is interfering with public use at Kerr Reservoir by restricting access around boat ramps,


blocking use of docks, interfering with swimming and other water sports, blocking access to


coves, and interfering with bank fishing. These dense mats are also degrading habitat for and


displacing native aquatic vegetation.


In the fall of 2011, North Carolina State University (NCSU) conducted an aquatic


vegetation survey of 650 miles of shoreline. Hydrilla was the most prevalent invasive species


identified, infesting approximately 698 acres primarily in the Little Nutbush Creek and Nutbush


Creek arms of Kerr Reservoir. Hydrilla occurred most often in shallow water high use areas


including boat ramps, marinas, and in areas with concentrations of private floating docks. Areas


of undeveloped shoreline were found to contain almost no hydrilla.


The intent of the Kerr Reservoir AVMP is to maintain a healthy and sustainable ecosystem dominated by native aquatic vegetation. Elimination of hydrilla in Kerr Reservoir considered a realistic outcome given the wide geographic extent of the current infestation,


due to the high variability in effectiveness and limitations of the available control methods.


Therefore, management and control alternatives for hydrilla will be a key component of AVMP. Alternatives for control of invasive species to be considered for implementation include chemical control by herbicides, biological control by triploid (sterile) grass Ctenopharyngodon idella – triploid), and removal with hand tools. Mechanical harvesting currently being considered since this method can further spread invasive plants due to


fragmentation. Establishment and promotion of native aquatic vegetation will also be


considered to reestablish native vegetation in areas where invasive plants are removed unvegetated areas.


As part of the scoping process for the EA, two public information and comment been scheduled.


November 13, 2012 — 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Vance Granville Community College Civic Center


200 Community College Rd, Henderson, NC 27537


November 15, 2012 — 5:00 – 7:00 PM – John H Kerr Reservoir Visitor Assistance Center


1930 Mays Chapel Road, Boydton, VA 23917


The public are invited to come at any time during these open sessions to learn more proposed Kerr AVMP. Comments received during the scoping process may also result coordination with individuals or agencies on an as-needed basis to discuss certain issues.


In order to effectively address any concerns that are raised, we need to have your no later than 30 days from the date of this letter. Please send comments to:


Kerr Reservoir AVMP


US Army Corps of Engineers OR e-mail to:


1930 Mays Chapel Road JHKERR@usace.army.mil



Boydton, Virginia 23917


Additional information on the proposed Kerr Reservoir AVMP can be found at http://www.saw.usace.army.milijhkerrishmgmt.htm. Should you have any questions, contact Mr. Robert Dennis at 434-738-6101 extension 160.


Sincerely,


Michael T. Womack


Operations Project Manager

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