No matter what form of
recreation you prefer, if you enjoy activities at High Rock Lake you are
considered a stakeholder in licensing decisions made by the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Your recreational interests
have been guaranteed equal consideration in Hydroelectric licensing
decisions by the Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986 (ECPA).
Even though the ECPA states your interests should be given equal
consideration, Project 2197 is "Grand fathered" until they are
issued a new license in 2008. They are also exempted from the
Environmental Protection Act regulations until then. The only way
to ensure your rights are weighed fairly is to be represented in the
relicensing of the project. Unlike the environment, fish and
wildlife there is no governmental agency
responsible for protecting your interests. In reality that may be
a good thing since they would not care as much or fight as hard to
protect your rights as we will. There is BIG money in the power
industry and every effort will be made by Alcoa Power Generating Inc.
(APGI) to guarantee THEY get the maximum consideration whenever
formed during 2002 when High Rock Lake was devastated due to
management of the lake by APGI's interpretation of the rules
incorporated in their license in 1968. The wildlife in and around the
lake as well as the economy of the areas surrounding the lake were
devastated (see our photo page).
Our goals are simple, to ensure that the new 50 year license to operate
the Hydroelectric facility contains the appropriate clearly defined
rules and regulations to guarantee the protection of the environment in
the entire Yadkin - Pee Dee River basin as well as the rights you have
been guaranteed by the ECPA. High Rock Lake is the second largest lake
in NC and has been managed for profit by private industry since 1928.
Its protection is one of our primary concerns.
There is strength in numbers, and we want
to make sure every stakeholder is fairly represented. We
have joined forces with three other local organizations representing
local property owners and businesses to form the High Rock Lake
Coalition. Together, we hope to ensure that the rights and
opinions of as many stakeholders as possible are given the appropriate
consideration during the relicensing of FERC Project 2197. We
already represent over 8000 recreational users of Project 2197, but we
need everyone who enjoys recreation here to join and increase our
are no dues to join our group but we do appreciate any donations to our
organization. For a better understanding of our monetary needs
In addition to protecting
your rights, you will be able to find just about anything you want to
know about High Rock Lake on our web site. The FERC Proj 2197
section has everything you could want to know about the relicensing
process and progress. The News page lets you know what's happening
that affects High Rock Lake. The Events page keeps you informed
about special things happening at High Rock.