Tuesday, April 7, 2009 —
n The Yadkin Project is one of more than 20 privately-owned hydropower plants in North Carolina and should be treated in the same manner as other hydro projects. Established state and federal processes should be allowed to continue without interference or delay.
n With the installation of new technology that will increase dissolved oxygen levels, discharges from the Yadkin Project will meet all applicable water quality standards.
The Division of Water Quality (DWQ) review of the water quality application should focus on the quality of water being discharged from the dams and not be swayed by emotions or political influence.
n The important environmental and recreational benefits that were negotiated during the relicensing process are being delayed because of a few vocal critics.
A new license will allow ALL North Carolina residents to reap the benefits associated with new recreational opportunities, more stable water levels, improved water quality, and increased land conservation.
The majority of the stakeholders signed the Agreement and many of us based our business plans on those agreements, assuming that even though SOME did not get what they wanted in the agreement, MOST did – a compromise.
No matter who “owns” or manages the reservoirs, there are going to be some who are unhappy with the decisions and it will be impossible to make everyone happy.
We believe, in light of the unprecedented state of our current economy, that more focus should be placed on how we can increase revenue and for Davidson County - that means allowing FERC approval of Alcoa’s license renewal application.
Beth Livingston, Managing Member
Golden WEB Properties, LLC
Coral Sands Point, LLC
Extra Quarters Park Cabins, LLC