THE RELICENSING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

The Relicensing Settlement Agreement was developed by 23 organizations, including state and federal agencies, local governments, local homeowners and recreational users, business organizations, environmental interest groups and others.

 

When approved, the relicensing of the Yadkin Project will offer many good benefits for the people of North Carolina.  Highlights of the Relicensing Settlement Agreement include:

 

Environmental Protections: A New License Will Conserve Land and Improve Water Quality 
Stanly County’s efforts to delay the new license may postpone the implementation of many positive changes included in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement

 

  • Improved Drought Protection: A new drought management plan will protect water levels by requiring APGI to reduce generation and send less water downstream when drought conditions are present.

 

  • Improved Water Quality: New technology will be installed in powerhouses to increase dissolved oxygen levels and improve water quality.

 

  • Long-Term Land Protection: APGI will donate, or make available for purchase, more than 40% of its land holdings for the purpose of recreation, game lands or conservation.   APGI will sell more than 4,000 acres to the State of North Carolina along High Rock Lake and Tuckertown reservoir.

 

  • Protection of Endangered Species: APGI will continue efforts to protect Bald Eagles and other rare, threatened and endangered species through responsible environmental management and monitoring.

 

Recreational Enhancements: A New License Will Create New Parks, Fishing Piers, Camp Sites and More 
Stanly County’s efforts to delay the new license may postpone the implementation of many positive changes included in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement.

 

  • Higher Water Levels and a Longer Recreation Season: The recreation season at High Rock Lake will be extended by three months (April 1 to October 31).  Water levels will remain higher during this period; levels are expected to average about 3 feet below full.

 

  • A New Public Swim Area in Rowan County: APGI will establish a new public swim area in Rowan County.

 

  • New Fishing Piers and Camp Sites: APGI will build new fishing piers at High Rock Lake and Tuckertown, and add 10 hardened dispersed camp sites.  Fishermen also will receive better access to the tailrace fishing areas at High Rock and Tuckertown.

 

  • Stanly County Benefits
    Stanly County’s efforts to delay the new license may postpone the implementation of many positive changes included in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement.

 

  • A New Waterfront Park in Badin: APGI will donate 14 acres to the Town of Badin for a new public park along the Badin Lake waterfront.

 

  • Expansion of Morrow Mountain State Park: APGI will donate more than 1,000 acres of land for the expansion of Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County.

 

  • More Water for Albemarle: The city will be allowed to withdraw up to 30 million gallons per day, a significant increase over current levels (pending FERC approval).  Albemarle will be allowed to withdraw up to 11 million gallons of water per day with no payment for lost generation to APGI, virtually eliminating all water withdrawal charges for years to come.

 

Click here  for a copy of the complete Relicensing Settlement Agreement.


RELICENSING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT RECEIVES WIDESPREAD SUPPORT
The following organizations formally endorsed the Yadkin Relicensing Settlement Agreement that was submitted to FERC on May 7, 2007.

 

Alcoa-Yadkin

American Rivers

Badin Lake Association

Badin Historic Museum

Catawba Indian Nation

City of Albemarle, NC

High Rock Business Owners Group

High Rock Lake Association

Land Trust for Central North Carolina

Montgomery County, NC

The Nature Conservancy (S.C. Chapter)

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources *

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Pee Dee River Coalition

Piedmont Boat Club

Rowan County

Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors

S.C. Coastal Conservation League

S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control

S.C. Department of Natural Resources

Town of Badin, NC

U.S. Forest Service

Uwharrie Point Community Association

 

* Represents N.C. Division of Water Quality and N.C. Division of Water Resources