Stewardship Policy
VI. Shoreline Stabilization Measures


  1. Erosion of the reservoir shoreline is a naturally occurring phenomenon resulting from wave action upon the land. All owners of property adjoining the reservoirs have to expect some amount of shoreline erosion over time, and this is consistent with Yadkin’s policy of preserving a natural shoreline, when possible. Prevention of severe erosion is the responsibility of the owner of the property adjoining the reservoir. To the extent that particular circumstances demonstrate the need for shoreline stabilization, based on the assessment of a registered Professional Engineer, vegetative plantings are preferred, followed by riprap and, in extreme circumstances, retaining walls.
  2. No shoreline stabilization measures may be placed in the Project lands or reservoirs (below full-pool elevation) or on the Yadkin-Managed Buffer without a Yadkin written activity permit.
  3. Any adjoining property owner with concerns that the property is subject to severe erosion may contact Yadkin to request a shoreline stabilization application and to initiate the shoreline stabilization evaluation process. The shoreline stabilization evaluation will be conducted by a professional engineering firm of Yadkin’s choice. An application fee will be charged for the permit that will reflect the cost of a professional engineering evaluation of the need and appropriate measures for erosion control.
  4. All requests to implement erosion control must meet all applicable zoning and other government regulations and will require written approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in some instances, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). The applicant will be responsible for any fees or costs associated with securing any necessary approvals.
  5. Issuance of a permit for the installation of any erosion control measure does not give the permittee the right to add or remove shoreline material or change the existing reservoir contour except as specifically stated in the permit. All erosion control structures of any type must follow and may not alter the basic contour of the shoreline.