Harbor Cove a step closer to addressing eroding shoreline
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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Harbor Cove a step closer to addressing eroding shoreline

An ongoing problem with erosion on the shoreline of a Mooresville residential community has moved a step closer to being solved.

The Lake Norman Marine Commission gave its blessing to the Harbor Cove Homeowner’s Association’s application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permit during its Jan. 13 meeting.

According to Mike Degner with Rowboat Dock and Dredge, the permit would allow the company to install riprap – large stones or chunks of concrete used to protect shorelines from erosion – on a section of Harbor Cove’s shoreline along Lake Norman.

The residential community had originally applied for and received a permit from Duke Energy when the development was built in the mid-1990s, but it only covered a small section of the shoreline. The unprotected section of shoreline has undergone heavy erosion since then.

The new permit, if granted by Duke Energy – and that is considered likely, given the approval by the Marine Commission – will allow the installation of the riprap and other shoreline stabilization work to be performed on the remaining section, according to Degner.

With the Marine Commission’s blessing, which came on a unanimous vote, the Harbor Cove Homeowner’s Association can now move forward with its formal application for a permit to Duke Energy, which holds the federal license to manage Lake Norman. That process could take several months before final approval is either given or denied.

In other business, at the Marine Commission meeting:

• Joe Kluttz of Duke Energy’s lake services division reported that the water levels in Lake Norman remained higher than normal for this time of the year because of the heavy showers that have hit the area since the middle of 2013.

“What we’ve seen over the last 3-6 months is some extreme rain events,” said Kluttz, who added that the water level in Lake Norman on Jan. 13 was 97.4 feet, more than 2 feet above the target level.

• Meanwhile, Dave Caldwell of Mecklenburg County Water Quality reported that despite the higher water levels, testing showed that water-quality numbers for Lake Norman remained “very good.”

“We usually start to raise an alarm when the bacteria numbers get around 200,” Caldwell said. “What we've been seeing on Lake Norman are around 7, which is very good.”

• Russ Klein, the outgoing commander of the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, told commissioners that the squadron had set its schedule of safe boating classes and free vessel safety checks for 2014.

According to Klein, the squadron will hold six boating safety classes between late March and mid-September, while the free vessel safety checks will be held six times between early April and mid-June.

• Applications for permits to operate charter boats on Lake Norman for the new year will be sent to current permit holders and be available for any new charter boat operations in February, executive director Ron Shoultz said.

Shoultz said the permit application would need to be returned by mid-March to be considered by the full Marine Commission board at its April meeting.

• The next meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville.

Covekeepers meeting

Billy Wilson, president of the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, will be the guest speaker at 2014’s first meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers.

The meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 206 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver.

Wilson will speak on the history of the Wildlife Conservationists, an affiliate of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and what the organization’ future plans are for the group. For information, call 704-489-6249.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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