Support NC HB925 - Appropriation Funding for Turner Shoals Dam Repairs

Support NC HB925 - Appropriation Funding for Turner Shoals Dam Repairs

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Irene LeCourt started this petition to NC REPRESENTATIVE

Dear Representative Johnson,

We support your efforts in introducing North Carolina House Bill #925 to Fund the Turner Shoals Dam Repairs (Lake Adger Dam).  HB925 must be brought to both the Legislature and Governor’s attention. It is of great importance to Polk County and the State.

Reasons why we support HB925:

Funding appropriation from the State would alleviate the overwhelming burden on the economically challenged citizens of Polk County to fund these repairs. Although Polk County owns the Dam, operating plant, and the lake bed; the State owns the water in the reservoir.  Polk County has assumed all maintenance and operating expenses to date to provide Hydro-electric power in the area.

Costs for identified repairs have increased from $1M to $6M between 2014 and 2021.  Polk County has born the financial burden to have several independent engineering firms complete in-depth Stability Analysis Studies of the Dam as required by the NC State Environment and Natural Resources Department.  Findings reveal holes, seepage, concrete deterioration, and other structural weaknesses that must be repaired to prevent failure of the structure.  Polk County has/is allocating funds for repairs, but cannot achieve the amounts necessary without creating a significant burden to its tax payers.

Guard against loss of life and property should the dam fail.  Turner Shoals Dam has been identified by the State as a High-hazard dam. This means that if it were to fail, there would be significant loss of life and property downstream.  The Dam will be 100 years old in 2024, and no structural repairs have been undertaken.

Future Clean Drinking Water Reservoir for the Region.  Lake Adger is a reclassified drinking Water Supply resource (WS-IV) by the State of North Carolina who owns the water. Repairing the Dam would ensure containment of said body of future drinking water. Future critical water shortages are a reality.

Thank you for introducing this bill, and for your efforts to have it included in the 2021-22 State Budget.

Sincerely,

 

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