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CAMPSITE GRAVEL REPLENISHMENT PROGRAM DELAYED BY HIGH WATER IS NOW UNDER WAY AT NC KERR LAKE STATE RECREATION AREAS

The water went up the first of May to 313 ft and down, then to 311 ft and down, then to 307.5 ft in June (above sea level, normal is 300 ft) and now it’s back close to normal. NC Parks maintenance crews at Kerr have pulled the electric boxes on campsites, put them back, pulled them again and so on…three times this Spring.

NC Maintenance Head Chris Curl, describing how pushed he, his crew and others have been, simply said, “Rolling.” Office staff at Kerr spent their time and overtime answering calls from campers wanting to know if they could come to their campsite or was it flooded; park staff also called out. Reserve America, which takes $3 a night for reservations failed miserably to call campers during the three episodes, but they kept the money (another story, another time). Campers calling Reserve America often were told that RA didn’t know the status of the flooding..

Kerr Lake Park Watch last August gave NC State Park officials from Raleigh a tour of all seven parks and Steele Creek Marina. That effort, having the brass see all the nooks and crannies, is helping. Firewood boxes and recycling bins are showing up and so is both campsite driveway gravel and fine gravel for picnic/tent pads.

Frank Timberlake, Lead Public Affairs for Kerr Lake Park Watch, got the see crews firsthand spreading the welcome refurbishment to some popular sites. Pictured below is maintenance crew member Gary Quinitchette bringing gravel on the backhoe, west side maintenance lead John Abbott, Jr. spreading gravel with the Bobcat and a little fine-tuning raking from new ranger Kyle Whitson.

 

“No other state parks crews, maybe some of the mountains come close, but no other group has to contend with the high water, the low water, up and down, pull electric boxes, put them back, the wind and the wrath of Kerr Lake, plus all the regular maintenance and operational duties,” said Timberlake. “I’ll put these guys and gals up against any other team in the state! Sure, we have wants, needs and problems at the seven recreation areas, but these maintenance and ops people do a heck of job with what they’re given! I thank them every chance I get and you should do so, “concluded Timberlake.

Timberlake and the rest of the Kerr Lake Park Watch leadership are eagerly awaiting from Raleigh the results of the recent needs and improvements survey. They plan to form a definitive improvements list after seeing survey results.

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - N C State Recreation Areas

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ROANOKE RIVER BASIN ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Gene Addesso announces step-down after 13 years at the helm of the Roanoke River Basin Association.

In his usual quiet and calm style veteran president of the Roanoke River Basin Association, Gene Addesso announced that he will retire from that leadership role on June 26th at a board meeting of the RRBA.  A successor is not known but will most likely be elected at that time.

After 33 years as an IBM executive, Addesso assumed the leadership role of the RRBA directing it to a more fact-based, science-alert organization designed to protect the Roanoke River Basin; that protection including natural elements, outside potential threats and if need be, the government as well.

Addesso studied how the basin with all its creeks, rivers, and lakes is put together and became an expert, especially in the eyes of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He is considered one of the top layman on the river and its basin in existence.

Under his leadership the RRBA has grown and strengthened its affiliations, with the organization showing that it will challenge through lawsuits if necessary to protect the Roanoke River Basin.

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In a memo to friends and associates, Addesso said, “After many long years of volunteer community service to the Roanoke River Basin Association I have decide it is time for me to retire my position as President and let younger folks take the helm in moving the organization forward.

I will remain a member of the RRBA and make myself available for advise and counsel as long as it is needed. I will work to insure a transition to new leadership and coverage on all the projects. Also I must say it has been a pleasure working with you folks over the years.”

“Gene has led the fights over Uranium mining in Virginia that could potentially harm the rivers and Kerr Lake, he’s worked tirelessly on Corps of Engineers reports, plans and guide curve patterns, he joined us right at the top on the Coal Ash and Hydrilla dilemmas.  And the key point is, that he has worked on a multitude of issues and problems with solutions that we all don’t even know about.  That’s just Gene Addesso,” commented ally and Lead Public Affairs Frank Timberlake of Kerr Lake Park Watch.

“We know what a tremendous leadership position that Gene has crafted that president’s job into and we know that RRBA knows how important that role is now and we look forward to seeing the RRBA put in another dynamic leader,” added Timberlake.  “For now, we want to wish Gene some peace and enjoyment.  He deserves it for a job well done.”

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