Stewardship Policy
VII. Shoreline and Reservoir Alteration (Excavation, Dredge, and Fill)

 

  1. Alteration of the existing reservoir bottom or shoreline, such as removal, addition or fill (other than Yadkin approved shoreline stabilization measures), or modification of rocks, soil, sand, and sediment (including dredging and excavation), is prohibited on Narrows, Tuckertown, and Falls reservoirs.
  2. On High Rock Reservoir, in recognition of the high rate of sedimentation that occurs, Yadkin may permit excavation of reservoir sediments to maintain or create recreational boat access. Excavation at High Rock Reservoir is by written permit only in accordance with the following standards:
    1. All excavations must have prior written approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (NCDWQ).
    2. Excavation of the reservoir adjacent to shoreline which has been designated as High cultural probability zone in Yadkin’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) requires prior written approval from the NCDCR.
    3. Only excavation (in the dry) is permitted and must be performed when the reservoir is drawn down sufficiently to access the excavation site. No dredging (in the wet) is permitted in conjunction with the construction or maintenance of private piers.
    4. The excavation must not alter the reservoir shoreline at normal full-pool elevation (655 feet at High Rock).
    5. No excavation is allowed in areas of wetland vegetation.
    6. Excavation may not occur during the months of March–June because of potential impacts to fish spawning.
    7. The shape and depth of the excavation must be such that water will drain freely from the excavation when the reservoir level drops below the level of the excavation.
    8. All excavated material must be placed landward of the normal full-pool elevation (655 feet at High Rock).
    9. Individuals conducting the excavation are responsible for disposing excavated material in compliance with North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) regulations and requirements.
    10. Yadkin reserves the right to require prior testing of sediment in the area to be excavated and reserves the right to deny permission for excavation based on test results.
  3. Anyone seeking permission for excavation must contact Yadkin early in their planning process and submit an application. The following information must be included in the application:
    1. A map of the reservoir area where the excavation is proposed.
    2. A description of the planned excavation, including an estimate of the area to be modified and the amount of material proposed to be removed from the reservoir.
    3. A plan for disposal of excavated material.
    4. A brief description of the potential impacts of the proposed excavation activity on surrounding reservoir resources, including impacts to water quality and fish habitat.
    5. Plans and schedule for conducting the proposed excavation.
    6. Written approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NCDWQ.
    7. If excavation is planned adjacent to shoreline designated as High cultural probability zone, written approval from the NCDCR.
  4. Yadkin may permit alteration of the existing reservoir bottom or shoreline or modification of rocks, soil, sand, and sediment (including dredging and excavation) on rare occasions if such modification to the shoreline will enhance habitat for fish or wildlife or if such alterations or modifications are necessary for the maintenance of water intake or discharge systems. Yadkin may also permit such activities in order to enhance public access or public recreation opportunities. Yadkin will permit such activities only with the concurrence of the appropriate agencies.