- 8/6/2013 - THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT
Over the last few days, we have all been reading about the State of No. Carolina filing suit against ALCOA claiming that the Yadkin River bed belongs to the State and ALCOA has been using “muscle” to oppose the URRC.
- 7/29/2013 - Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC) dissolved
This week the NC Legislature dissolved the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC).
- 5/9/2013 - NEWSLETTER – SPRING 2013
Several significant events have occurred since our general meeting of last October.
- 7/12/2012 - Please protect our lake and use zero-phosphorus fertilizer
When deciding to fertilize your lawn, please help us protect out waters. Make wise choices about frequency and application rates to minimize runoff carrying nutrients into the lake.
- 11/16/2011 - HRLA Member Advisory - Drawdown Decision
In late September 2001 Alcoa asked your Association for an opinion for a proposed draw-down of the lake for maintenance purposes. A strong majority of our members.
- 09/25/2011 - High Rock Lake Association begins new project
The Board of Directors recently commissioned a study of water pollution to be conducted by Wake Forest University research professor Dennis Lemly.
- 09/25/2011 - Other Opinions
Here’s a link to a Letter to the Editor in The Salisbury Post on Sept. 23, 2011 that helps put some perspective on the continuing stubborn opposition to Alcoa’s Relicensing:
- 09/25/2011 - Latest Development On Alcoa Relicensing
An interesting article was published on September 22, 2011 by The Carolina Journal. Reporter Don Carrington is one of the most through and respected investigative journalists in North Carolina. Perhaps the long fight for the new license may be nearing an end. According to this article, it seems as though the Governor has finally realized she has been on the wrong side of the battle. The personal vendetta’s and greed of a few Stanly County folks and a couple of Senators is finally being seen for what it is, as they continue to resist a great offer by Alcoa to get new jobs for the area.
- 03/29/2011 - Misguided Sportsmen ?
Look what some misguided sportsmen are dumping around piers and other locations around the lake.
- 02/13/2011 - What Is the Yadkin Riverkeeper ???
A lot of HRLA Members have asked many questions about the Yadkin Riverkeeper Inc. (YR) organization, including questions about who chartered the group, who supports it, and does it have any authority.
- 12/09/2010 - Clean Water Certification
Serious concerns we have about actions occurring that are negatively affecting High Rock Lake.
- 7/10/2010 - The North Carolina Legislature has again rejected the idea of a State Take-Over of the Yadkin Hydroelectric Project.
- 4/8/2010 - High Rock Lake Association, Inc. 2010 Spring Newsletter
Read our newsletter to stay informed of current HRLA activities as well as informtion about High Rock Lake.
- 2/20/2010 - Yadkin Riverkeeper attempts to cast doubt upon the High Rock Lake Association and its President, Larry Jones.
- 10/18/2009 - Governor Perdue continues in her quest to take control of the Yadkin Project.
- 08/01/2009 - A busload of HRLA members were in Raleigh on July 28, 2009 to watch and participate as the House Committee on Water Resources and Infrastructure held it’s third hearing on Senate Bill 967, which calls for a Take-Over of the Yadkin Project. After hearing statements from the HRLA and Stanly County, and having quite a bit of discussion on the Bill, and vote of 8 -6 against it seems to at least put the Bill on hold. Here is the full text of the statement by Larry Jones, made at the opening of the hearing.
- 05/07/2009 - The HRLA filed this comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to provide the Commission with an understanding of the position of the High Rock Lake Association Inc. (HRLA) on the status of the License Application and companion Relicensing Settlement Agreement (RSA) now pending before the Commission.
- 04/08/2009 - In the past two weeks legislation has been introduced in the NC Senate proposing a State take-over of the Yadkin Lakes, including High Rock. Our Governor has presented a motion to FERC, opposing the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, and the benefits we’ve worked so long to achieve. The HRLA believes these actions will have very negative consequences to our lakes and to North Carolina taxpayers. Please read the attached review of the proposed legislation, and let your elected representatives know what you think of this idea.
- 04/08/2009 - The newly formed and self appointed “Yadkin Riverkeeper” is misguided when it comes to the issue of relicensing of Alcoa’s four lakes.
- 03/01/2009 - As Spring 2009 approaches we begin to wonder about water levels and lake management issues for the upcoming Recreational season. The Officers and Directors of the High Rock Lake Association are extremely disappointed that we are entering this 2009 season without the benefits promised under terms of a new Relicensing Agreement we negotiated over a 5 year period.
- 03/01/2009 - The North Carolina Division of Water Quality recently held a public hearing in Albemarle. Read the comments of the HRLA.
- 09/08/2008 - At the HRLA August meeting of the Board of Directors, the Directors voted to advise the Environmental Review Commission of our commitment to the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, and to request the Commission have the HRLA involved in any of its study activities. The attached letter was sent to Chairmen of the Commission.
- 07/20/2008 - Water Levels and Politicians
High Rock Lake is again being subjected to a lot of stress; from Mother Nature and the man-made kind. As water levels drop the HRLA is getting a lot of questions about what is going on. We don’t have the answers, but offer the following to our members for consideration and thought.
- 06/11/2008 - Drought Alert !!
High Rock Lake is subject to drought related stress again this year. According to some projections climatic conditions may be very similar to what we experienced in 2002. These conditions, coupled with the delay in issuing a new license to Alcoa, have the potential to drain High Rock Lake again in 2008.
- 04/15/2008 - BOATER LICENSING LEGISLATION is being considered in Raleigh. On Wednesday April 16, 2008 a meeting is being hosted by Representative Michael H. Wray to organize support of legislation that would require statewide mandatory education and certification for ALL boaters on NC waters.
- 04/04/2008 - NEW LICENSE DELAYED..
- 11/16/2007 - The Association has commented on the Draft Environmental Statement issued by The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Environmental Impact Statement is one of the last steps leading to issuance of a new Federal License for the Yadkin Project. The HRLA is concerned the License could be indefinitely delayed by efforts by the City of Salisbury to make Alcoa responsible for flooding and sedimentation issues in the headwaters of High Rock Lake.
- 10/27/2007 - On October 23, 2007 FERC posted a “Notice of Public Meetings on Environmental Assessment”. Read the notice, and decide if you want to attend the meeting. This will probably be the last public meeting before FERC issues a new license for the Yadkin Project.
- 9/21/2007 - END of MONTH LAKE LEVEL FORECAST..
- 9/4/2007 - 2007 Drought Management. Actions to Reduce Rate of Lake Water Level Depletion..
- 7/6/2007 - The Board of Directors of the High Rock Lake Association voted this spring to sign the Relicensing Settlement Agreement (RSA). These are the reasons..
- 7/6/2007 - There’s a lot of misunderstanding going around about the terms the HRLA agreed to for High Rock Lake..
- 1/10/2007 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has officially initiated public proceedings with the issuance of its Scoping Document 1 in late December 2006. Public hearings in Lexington, Albemarle, and Wadesboro will be held the week of January 22, 2007. In addition FERC representatives will tour the Yadkin Lakes that week, and these tours are open to public participation. Everyone interested in High Rock Lake should read the attached document for more information on the meetings, and the relicensing process. (Note: Large PDF document 240K) download >>>
- 7/16/2006 - HRLA Signs Agreement in Principal with Alcoa. A major decision on Relicensing Terms was made by the High Rock Lake Association Inc.’s Board of Directors at the July 11, 2006 meeting.
- 7/4/2006 - On April 25, 2006 Alcoa Power Generating Inc. submitted a license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Application asks for a new 50 year license
- 1/26/2006 - Alcoa has released its Draft License Application, which is scheduled to be submitted to FERC by April 30, 2006. The HRLA has registered deep concerns about the Application, see the letter submitted to Alcoa on January 3, 2006.
- 7/18/2004 - At the July 2004 Board Meeting, your Directors decided to ask Alcoa to take action to move buoys that have been incorrectly placed, in the Associations view, around Eagle Point Nature Preserve. This is an area of the lake near Emerald Bay and Panther Point, and the buoys are blocking a large area of the lake. For more detail, read the letter we sent to Alcoa.
- 1/31/2004 - The Association advises Alcoa on January 31, 2004 of concerns about below normal precipitation, below normal river flows, and the potential to repeat the problems of 2002 if the lake levels are not brought up and power generation (discharges) are limited to inflow rates.
- 1/25/2004 - An article published in the Salisbury Post February 1, 2004 about the dangerous conditions caused by draining the lake again in early 2004.
- 6/2/2003 - HRLA’s June 2, 2003 letter to FERC, requesting an administrative review of Alcoa’s alleged failure to comply with Operating Guidelines.
- 5/27/2003 - HRLAs May 2003 response to a complaint filed with FERC claiming high lake levels caused flooding problems in the area of the Salisbury water intake.
- 4/8/2003 - HRLA’s letter of April 8, 2003 making specific recommendations for review of the Shoreline Management Plan.
- 4/4/2003 - In April 2003 the State of South Carolina complained to FERC that HRLA’s position on proposed operation of High Rock Lake was “troubling” and charged we wanted the lake maintained for “aesthetic and recreational reasons”. See HRLA’s response to SC’s complaint. Please note, SC has never answered our questions, or responded to issues the HRLA presented to them.
- 4/1/2003 - A discussion of the Lake Operating Guidelines in Article 33 of the license amendment issued in 1968; still governs operation of the lake in 2004.
- 3/3/2003 - HRLA’s March 3, 2003 comment to FERC docket # P2197-060; objecting to Alcoa’s proposed Drought Contingency Plan.
- 2/27/2003 - HRLA’s February 14 letter to FERC objecting to Alcoas proposed Drought Contingency Plan.
- 11/19/2002 - HRLA’s follow-up response of November 19, 2002 on P-2197-056, answering claims and charges by Alcoa.
- 11/6/2002 - Letter to Mr. John Morris, NC Division of Water Resources, DENR on November 6, 2002 expressing concern about lake management.
- 9/30/2002 - HRLA’s review comments on Alcoa’s Initial Consultation Document, beginning our involvement in the relicensing process.
- 9/24/2002 - HRLA’s September 24, 2002 comment on FERC docket # P2197-056; an action initiated by Alcoa seeking approval to deviate from its license terms.
- 8/29/2002 - Letter to Governor Easley August 29, 2002 asking for his assistance.
- 8/28/2002 - HRLAs August 28, 2002 comment on FERC docket # P2197-054; an action by Alcoa requesting FERCs approval for a 900cfs discharge while the lake was at disastrously low levels.
- 8/28/2002 - HRLA’s “motion to Intervien” filed with FERC August 28, 2002.
- 8/15/2002 - An Article reviewing Lake History and events leading to draining of lake in 2002.
- 7/10/2002 - HRLA’s letter to FERC July 10, 2002 requesting a change to Operating Guidelines to prevent draining the lake.