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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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LAKE USER WOULD LIKE LESS DRAMATIC WATER LEVEL DROPS BY CORPS

This blog post comes from an avid lake user and Veteran, Dennis Harris.  We welcome your comments and posts.  Just send an email to info@kerrlakeparkwatch.org or click on the comment section of this blog.

“Another problem related to the hydrilla is that the Corp (US Army Corps of Engineers) is dropping the lake an average of 6 inches every week. Four weeks ago, docks were above the hydrilla, but now with a 2 foot drop in the water level our boats are in the hydrilla and/or must go through the hydrilla to get to open water.

Kerr Lake is a huge economic engine for the surrounding counties, but when people cannot use their boats due to the hydrilla and due to a the lake level being lowered at such a fast and steady rate, then money is not spent by people using the lake. It also creates hazards for boaters who are not familiar with the lake. Depth finders are not very good in warning boaters about rocks and stumps.

I realize that the Corp has a curve that is used to determine the lake level for the year, but it appears that maybe this should be adjusted during the summer by not dropping the water level 6 inches each week. Maybe a more modest drop of 3 inches per week, based upon rain amounts in the basin.

I, along with a number of other people feel that the constant drop in the lake level has compounded the hydrilla problem and that a slower drop in the water level will help the users of the lake and it will provide a longer boost to the local economy.”

Dennis Harris

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NC STATE PARKS TO SPRAY HYDRILLA NEXT WEEK AROUND CRITICAL KERR LAKE SHORELINES


While the US Army Corps of Engineers continues to study hydrilla and its effects on Kerr Lake, North Carolina State Parks will become the first governmental agency to take action against hydrilla infested areas around the shoreline that borders some popular recreation areas.  Spray treatments are scheduled for next week.


Kerr Lake State Recreation Area leaders announced yesterday that the spraying of herbicides to help contain hydrilla will take place next week.  This comes just in time as summer and the current increase in daily temperatures is the time that the underwater nuisance weed tends to thrive.  It’s also the time that campers flood to the campsites which in many cases border the lake providing swimming and boating opportunities.  Kerr Lake camper Mike Sawaya commented, “I hope the State Parks participate in the eradication effort as available to “water front” property owners. This non-native invasive weed is completely changing the lake camping experience.”


Bryce Fleming, the Superintendent of the seven Kerr Lake state recreation areas said that his staff has been keenly aware of the need to take some control measures on hydrilla’s unwanted presence around boat ramps and swimming areas.  A recent update meeting and some found emergency dollars prompted some treatment.


Fleming added, “Kerr Lake State Recreation Area personnel are concerned about the hydrilla found in the lake around some of the facilities we operate.  We were able to secure some funding for hydrilla treatment after receiving the Kerr Lake Vegetation Survey.  Our resources are currently limited, but we do want to take action to at least treat a few high priority locations.   Recreation areas that will likely receive some treatment are Hibernia, Henderson Point and Kimball Point.  We plan to conduct hydrilla treatment on June 25th and 26th if weather permits.


Kerr Lake Park Watch’s Frank Timberlake was quick to praise Fleming’s fast herbicide application plan, “Bryce and his staff aren’t sitting on their hands on the hydrilla problem.  It doesn’t take a scientist to see that hydrilla is more than a menace to park experiences around infected areas at Kerr Lake.  Out in the water a couple of weeks ago, I walked in the mess and got tangled up.  My 25-pound boat anchor weighed 100 pounds when we pulled it up covered in the choking weed.  Kerr Lake Park Watch views this as a positive, pro-active step for which state parks must continue to fund.  Control of hydrilla is the focus now.”


Superintendent Fleming added that by several state agencies and groups working together, the effect of the money found to conduct the immediate herbicide application at Kerr Lake was at least doubled.


The US Army Corps of Engineers which actually owns and operates the lake so far is not claiming any responsibility for trying to control hydrilla.  The Corps’ position currently is to provide a list of approved application companies which can be hired by waterfront property owners to spray for control of hydrilla.

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CORP OF ENGINEERS POSTS NEW HYDRILLA SURVEY CONDUCTED BY NCSU


BULLETIN: There’s a new survey of information about hydrilla and its growth in Kerr Lake. The field work was conducted last fall and the report was just submitted by researchers at North Carolina State University to the US Army Corps of Engineers.



The photo above shows hydrilla recently photographed off a North Carolina State Recreation Area. Researchers used a SONOR unit in mapping the hydrilla presence in Kerr Lake. KLPW is studying the report and will later issue a statement regarding its findings. You can read in its entirety at :


http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/jhkerr/shmgmt.htm.



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HYDRILLA & THE OLD GOVERNMENT SIDESTEP

The only person talking about hydrilla is a Vance County Cooperative Extension Agent and his message in summary is spray, spray, spray, but only pay to do it.  So hydrilla management in the waters of North Carolina is lucrative only to the handful of “approved” herbicide applicators who collect big dollars from the lake-front owners who are trying to keep the encroaching water weed from blocking their boating and swimming areas.



Late in the summer season last year, several pontoon boat owners in Dobson Creek to the west of Hibernia State Recreation Area had to literally “pole” their pontoon boats out beyond hydrilla growth at their docks.  Swimming in a hydrilla infested area is almost impossible if not dangerous.
So in his most recent update, Ext Agent Paul McKenzie advocates hiring professional applicators to gain some control.  What about the boat ramps and swimming areas at our state recreations areas?  No spray, no action.

Consider this, hydrilla concern and control depends on who you talk to:



  • The US Army Corps of Engineers – monitoring and studying, but taking no responsibility and no action except to approve applicators

  • North Carolina State Parks – (7 Recreation areas, many already affected)  – no money, no responsibility

  • Virginia State Parkshydrilla hasn’t arrived so it’s not a problem

Right now fishing groups feel hydrilla provides great cover for fish not realizing that most scientists believe that harmful bacteria and other parasitics can attach to hydrilla and the weed can eliminate some species eventually changing the food chain of a body of water.

Recent campers at some of the recreation areas are now asking questions about the “weedy” bottom of their swimming areas and so far this year the sun and temperature indexes that make hydrilla thrive have not been seen yet.

Meanwhile, property owners, who cannot cut so much as a tree limb without Corp interaction, are left to battle monster kudzu of the water at the mercy of herbicide sprayers.

KERR LAKE PARK WATCH feels that the government sidestep is not fair to the quality of the lake and to the quality of camping, boating and swimming users who have supported and used these parks in some cases for generations.  With hydrilla looming in the waters, the question is, “Will generations have the same recreational opportunities in the future?’

The government entities directly responsible for Kerr Lake and for the recreational facilities around the lake should do just that:  TAKE A POSITION AND SHOW SOME RESPONSIBILITY.

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HYDRILLA MEETING SOLUTIONS MORE FOCUSED ON TREATMENT VERSUS ERADICATION


Nearly 100 people, most of them Kerr Lake homeowners, crowded a Satterwhite Point meeting room Thursday evening, August 11th as presenters discussed hydrilla, first giving a history of the aquatic weed’s introduction into North Carolina, then talking about its effects on fresh water and finally treatment options. KLPW attended as well.




Vance County Ag Extension Agent Paul McKenzie said that resulting from a makeshift survey using rake heads on ropes in boats that a cross-section group of government officials and volunteers has mapped about 46 miles of hydrilla infected shoreline on Kerr Lake.  That translates to an estimated infected area of between 280 and 560 acres of the lake.  McKenzie pointed out that the effort is a non-scientific survey, but most officials think it’s a good estimate.

                

 


If attendance were rounded to 100, then about 85 attendees were all homeowners with the balance being representatives of various government agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, NC DENR, NC & Virginia Wildlife, Fish and Game, NC State Parks and aquatic herbicide applicator company representatives.




Thus, the impetus of the meeting was on treatment of the areas around homeowners’ beaches, swimming areas and boat docks.  McKenzie told the group how to take samples for submission to the extension service for analysis and confirmation.  Both he and the other main speaker, Steve Hoyle, NCSU Crop Science Research Specialist, suggested the spraying of herbicides by licensed and US Army Corps of Engineers approved applicators.  Hoyle emphasized that ANYONE must use professional herbicide applicators.  He also said that treatment, once begun, must continue infinitely.




Hoyle said that hydrilla pretty much lives between five and fifteen feet from the shoreline of an infected area. It actively grows through “tuber” expansion from April to October.  Later, during a Q&A session, one speaker mentioned doing a water level draw down to attach hydrilla. When Hoyle explained that would need to occur around July 1, there was a unanimous crowd moan.




About eradication or removal of hydrilla from Kerr Lake Hoyle said, “There are NO answers for getting hydrilla out of Kerr Lake.”  Hoyle added that not withstanding the tenacious and aggressive nature of hydrilla, there are some strong complications to management, being that while some water users from a source such as Kerr Lake are vocally opposed to the existence and spread of the weed; some others either are not opposed or indifferent.



 



  • OPPOSED – SHORELINE LAKE USERS & WATER’S EDGE USERS – typically picnickers, swimmers, skiers, homeowners, marina & boat slip holders, recreational boaters, personal watercraft operators and the like.
  • INDIFFERENT – POWER GENERATORS (US Army Corps of Engineers @ Kerr – power companies or hydro electric owners tend to not worry about noxious, aquatic weeds in a reservoir unless it interferes with turbine operation.
  • IN FAVOR – SPORT FISHERMAN – typically in Kerr Lake bass and crappie fisherman who desire as much underwater cover as possible, especially where the shoreline comes into play.           

                            


Since there were two fairly long slide presentations, KLPW took a summary from NC State’s website as to the negative effects of hydrilla as most of these were highlighted in the meeting.  Hydrilla:




    â€¢ crowds out beneficial native vegetation,


    â€¢ blocks irrigation and drainage canals,


    â€¢ increases sedimentation in flood control reservoirs,


    â€¢ interferes with public water supplies,


    â€¢ harbors the vectors of human and animal diseases,


    â€¢ impedes commercial fishing and navigation,


    â€¢ blocks docks, marinas, and boat launching sites,


    â€¢ makes recreational activities such as swimming, boating, skiing,


      and sport fishing difficult and dangerous if not impossible.





The good news is that hydrilla cannot live in salt water.  The bad news is that in addition to fresh water, hydrilla can live in semi-fresh or brackish water. So far, hydrilla has not made into the estuaries of North Carolina’s precious seafood breeding grounds, but the speakers did say that hydrilla has reached the Albemarle Sound.




Regarding Kerr Lake since most of the meeting focused on homeowner treatments, a consensus emerged that homeowners may need to form some sort of aquatic weed control group to organize efforts. KLPW
 

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