Inspectors with Duke Energy Carolinas structure renovation/removal program will be heading to the western shore of Lake Norman in Lincoln and Catawba Counties in early March.
According to Duke Energy officials, inspection crews will be looking for piers and structures in obvious disrepair that could be unsafe. Crews look for signs of neglect such as missing planks, structural failure or inadequate flotation.
The structure renovation/removal program started in 1996 as a way to identify and correct problem structures on lakes managed by Duke Energy. According to a release from Duke Energy, inspections and repairs in the Mecklenburg and Iredell County portions of Lake Norman are already finished.
Joe Hall, director of Duke Energys lake services, said in a statement that program results show roughly five percent of the piers on Duke Energy lakes are in need of major repair.
The license granted to Duke Energy by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission provides guidelines for hydroelectric power generation on the lakes. That same license guides the permitting of piers, seawalls and other activities to enhance recreational use of the lake, and requires that these structures remain in good repair and do not pose a hazard to public safety and navigation.
If unsafe conditions are identified, officials said owners will be notified by letter. Owners will be given plenty of time to respond, and to inform Duke Energy of their plans for repair or removal. If no action is taken by the owner, steps will be taken for removal at the owners expense and new requests from that owner for lake permitting activities will not be considered.
Hall said inspections on a number of Catawba-Wateree system lakes in the Carolinas have already been completed and property owner cooperation thus far has been outstanding.
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