In 2015, the State of North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold a stakeholder process for the High Rock Lake Nutrient Management Strategy. Over the course of the last few years, Yadkin Riverkeeper has hosted a series of public forums in an effort to educate the public on how critical their involvement is in the stakeholder process and how their voices can be heard in Raleigh as the State develops the "High Rock Rules".
Make your voice heard as we work together to develop a nutrient strategy that will have a positive impact on High Rock Lake for all who live, work and play along its banks.
High Rock History
High Rock Lake has suffered from elevated levels of chlorophyll-a since the 1970s. This leads to blooms of algae, particularly, blue-green algae during the summer, impairing water quality.In 2005, the state legislature passed a law requiring the examination of major drinking water supplies and barring any increase in the amount of pollutants permitted to be discharged into them.
The Yadkin Riverkeeper has served on the Technical Advisory Council for the High Rock Lake Rules for almost half a decade. Now, we need your help. It will take citizen involvement to ensure the DENR process fairly distributes reductions in pollution among various groups-including industry, agriculture and municipalities.
Some facts about the High Rock Lake NMS:
High Rock Lake suffers from blooms of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae due to nutrient overload.
The High Rock Lake Stakeholder Process is scheduled to begin in 2015, for a process that was supposed to be completed by 2008.
Since 2008, the staff of NC DENR section administering the High Rock NMS has been cut by over 20%.