Local residents and stakeholder associations are gearing up to let their voices be heard Tuesday, March 31, at the Kerr Lake Regional Water System’s public hearing on taking 14.3 million gallons of water per day out of the Roanoke River Basin at Kerr Lake to place into the Tar and Neuse River Basins, as well as the Fishing Creek Basin in Warren County, N.C.
Recent rains have raised the Buggs Island lake level to 302. Normal water level is 300. Stripers are biting well on live shad. Fishing is good from Nutbush Creek to Palmers Point, and from the mouth of Eastland Creek to Butchers Creek.
Plans are coming together for Clarksville’s Ninth Annual Lake Country Wine Festival in beautiful Clarksville on the lake. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are in and available for purchase for anyone 21 and over.
The 58 Business Bridge in Clarksville — the old bridge to locals — reopened to traffic Tuesday three days ahead of schedule. On Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation closed the span to repair guardrails damaged during a car crash last July. VDOT estimated the repairs would take a week.
Duke Energy is facing criminal charges for violating the Clean Water Act that stem from the coal ash spill at the Dan River Steam Station last year. As a result of last year's spill, about 39,000 tons of coal ash entered the Dan River at Eden, about 80 miles from Kerr Lake.