High Rock Lake Association Frequently Asked Questions

We want to take this opportunity to summarize what HRLA does, what it means for homeowners (permanent residents and weekenders alike) to have a voice that cares about what you do, the viability of lake living in a peaceful setting, for all to enjoy the lake for years to come.

1.     How long has HRLA been around? What is the mission statement? What can HRLA do to help regulate the lake levels – in spring/summer season and winter season. Can we get a notice on when the lake levels will drop?

 

Chartered in 1954 "To Foster and Promote the Welfare of High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River". High Rock Lake is becoming an asset to both Rowan and Davidson counties, as well as a viable residence lake today; thanks to the thousands of hours of work by the HRLA.  We have negotiated new operational standards which extend the recreational period for High Rock by 12 weeks that has resulted in lake levels averaging 2 ½ feet below full ‘pond’ from April thru October, (rather than the previous May 15th – September 15th time period).  This new license also limits the winter draw down for four months and not to exceed 10 feet, although this has rarely happened over the past ten years.  The new terms will positively change water quality, recreational opportunities, and have greatly improved waterfront property values.

 

The HRLA president is in contact with Cube Hydro Carolinas and through this website we will keep our membership informed of significant water level changes. Nature does come into play with spring rains, or extreme cold temperatures in the winter.

 

With this new, refreshed website, we will have the opportunity to communicate directly with our members more often, for those members that we have their email address.

 

2.     What do my dues cover? Does anyone get paid at the association?

     Your embership allows HRLA to have a voice in speaking with Cube Hydro Carolinas and FERC [Federal Energy

     Regulatory Commission].  The HRLA membership is only $25.00 per calendar year, $60.00 for three years, or $500.00

     for a Lifetime Membership.

 

Your financial support is needed, as it pays for the association’s expenses including the maintenance of the membership website, the post office box, printing and mailing of the annual newsletter, as well as the soon-to-be-installed safety and navigational aids maintenance fees.

 

Help us continue our work toward an environmentally sound and safe lake:

Ø  Accomplish things that make our Lake FUN and SAFE for all, i.e. the Safety and Navigation Aid Project, which will be placing a quantity of beacons in coves for emergency locations.

Ø  Ensure the Federal License Renewal for High Rock Lake satisfactorily addresses the issues that are important to us. Attaining this goal will require the successful cooperation with local, state, and federal officials, as well as Cube Hydro for years to come.

 

3.     What has HRLA accomplished? Please share your success stories.

a)    In 1967-1968 HRLA obtained a change in the operating procedures by Alcoa intended to limit lake drawdown to 5 feet or less 96% of the time during the recreational season. We obtained Alcoa's promise that in years of severe drought, drawdown would not exceed eight feet.

b)    HRLA successfully fought to stop construction of a nuclear power plant on the Yadkin River, which would have consumed 75 million gallons of water daily from the river.

c)     We worked to achieve major reductions in proposed regulations sought by Alcoa in its Shoreline Management Plan, including clarifications to the 1988 pier specifications.

d)    HRLA has very active in petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to demand Alcoa operate the lake in accordance with the intent of the 1968 license amendment during the 2002 drought and severe drawdown.

e)    HRLA representatives have been very involved in negotiating the terms of the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, obtaining major changes to the FERC License Application that ensure High Rock Lake is operated to provide the Recreational, Environmental, and Economic benefits that are important to our Members. A new Federal License was issued September 23, 2016. This new License, replacing the 1958 License, makes sweeping changes in lake operations, ensuring much improved lake levels and less fluctuation. The new License also mandates changes to the Shoreline Management Plan.

 

4.     How is the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)? And how does it affect my property?

The SMP is the agreed upon rules for High Rock, Badin and Tillery Lake property owners, which include the following guidelines:  (1)  the design of private individual and shared piers; (2) allows private piers in subdivisions developed prior to May 1, 1987, with a 50-foot lot width; (3) reduces the minimum water depth at private piers and multi-use facilities from 8 feet to 6 feet; (4) permits boat lifts with supports resting on the reservoir bottom; (5) allows a sitting area within the 100-foot forested setback; (6) relaxes limitations on vegetation removal in the 100-foot forested setback to improve water views, among other things; and (7) removes voluntary guidelines for timbering operations because most of the measures are already contained in the forested setback requirement. 


5.     What is the process for building a dock, retaining/sea wall, boat ramp or permanent roof structure over my dock?

The Owner must get permission from Cube Hydro on any work done on HRL. Then will need a permit from respective county offices.  Please send an email to Karen Baldwin at Cube Hydro for anticipated work at KBaldwin@cubecarolinas.org

 

6.    What if I utilize the lake for recreation, but don’t own property on the lake, can I still be a member of HRLA?

Your membership means proper growth for High Rock Lake and the Association.
It is not necessary to own property on High Rock Lake, just a desire to help improve High Rock Lake for everyone to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and other lake activities. We also need members who will volunteer their time and talent to serve on the board or even to be a committee member for memberships, Social Media or the annual Rowan County Dragon Boat Festival in July.

If you have a question that is not addressed in our FAQs, please email: HRLA@HRLA.com


 

         High Rock Lake Association Frequently Asked Questions:

 HRLA receives lots of emails and letters and this is the place for the answers. If your specific question is not below, please send an email to HRLA@HRLA.com and we will do our best to get it loaded onto the site. We want to continue ans for homeowners (permanent residents and weekenders alike), for all to enjoy the lake for years to come.

1.     Why was the HRLA created and what is the benefit of being apart of the association?


2.     What is the HRLA Mission Statement?

Chartered in 1954 "To Foster and Promote the Welfare of High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River".


3.     How much are HRLA membership dues and what does it cover? Does anyone get paid at the association?

Membership is only $25.00 per calendar year, $60.00 for three years, or $500.00 for a Lifetime Membership.


Your financial support is needed, but more importantly, we need members who will volunteer their time and talent to serve on one of the HRLA's committees on Membership, the Dragon Boat Festival, website advertising acquisition, and more. Please send an email for one of our board members for more information.

Help us work towards our next Goals: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

a)     Accomplish things that make our Lake FUN and SAFE for all, i.e.

b)     Ensure the Federal License Renewal for High Rock Lake satisfactorily addresses the issues that are important to us. Attaining this goal will require the successful cooperation with local, state, and federal officials, as well as Cube Hydro during the next four years.

c)     Growth of the High Rock Lake Association.
It is not necessary to own property on High Rock Lake, just a desire to help improve High Rock Lake for everyone to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and other lake activities.

4.     What has HRLA done to date? Our Success stories.

     In 1967-1968 obtained a change in the operating procedures by Alcoa intended to limit lake drawdown to 5 feet or less 96% of the time during the recreational season. Obtained Alcoa's promise that in years of severe drought, drawdown would not exceed eight feet. (is this understanding consistent with Cube Hydro?)

    Successfully fought to stop construction of a nuclear power plant on the Yadkin River, which would have consumed 75 million gallons of water daily from the river.

    Obtained changes and clarifications to the 1988 pier specifications. (Explain)

    Worked to achieve major reductions in proposed regulations sought by Alcoa in its Shoreline Management Plan.

    Very active in petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to demand Alcoa operate the lake in accordance with the intent of the 1968 license amendment during the 2002 drought and severe drawdown.

    HRLA representatives have been very involved in negotiating the terms of the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, obtaining major changes to the FERC License Application that insure High Rock Lake is operated to provide the Recreational, Environmental, and Economic benefits that are important to our Members. A new Federal License was issued September 23, 2016. This new License, replacing the 1958 License, makes sweeping changes in lake operations, insuring much improved lake levels and less fluctuation. The new License also mandates changes to the Shoreline Management Plan

5.     Why does the High Rock Lake water levels fluctuate so much?


6.     What is the process for building a dock, retaining/sea wall, or boat ramp or lifts?


7.     What are the pier restrictions?


8.   Can I build a permanent roof structure over my dock?


9.     Can we get a notice on when the lake levels will drop?

 

10.  What is the process for dredging?


11.  How do I get HRLA stickers?


12.  How do we request 'No Wake' Buoys near our area?


13.  Who do we pay our pier permits to? apply for new or improve upon?


14. What other committees or boards do the members of the HRLA board sit on?


15. How do I get my HRLA membership card? (once paid)



16.  What about the other associations are involved with the lake? Who does HRLA work with?

Save High Rock Lake and Concerned Property Owners of High Rock Lake are also being represented.  All three entities have partnered as well as many area businesses as part of The High Rock Lake Coalition. 


 


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