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.
The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.
With the continued extremely cold weather, most waters are either iced in or are showing lots of ice, particularly in shallow areas. Consequently, few anglers are out. On Buggs Island Lake, some good bass are being taken on points. Fish 6-10 feet of water near rocks, using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic grubs, and Carolina-rigged lizards.
Snow totals in the Lake Gaston Kerr Lake area ranged from about 7 inches to just over 9 inches. The heaviest amounts were recorded toward the middle of Lake Country, with nine inches reported at locations in Vance and Warren Counties.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has unveiled a draft five-year plan to repair and upgrade Interstate 85 from the Virginia line twenty miles south into Warren and Vance Counties. The section to be repaired runs north from Route 158 (milepost 213.5).
The Kerr Lake state recreation area recorded 1,099,644 visitors in 2014, up 6% from a year ago. It was among six North Carolina parks to record more than one-million visitors for the year. The others were William B. Umstead, Fort Macon and Jockey’s Ridge state parks and Falls Lake and Jordan Lake state recreation areas.
For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis — and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake's name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the Roanoke River was dammed in 1952. North Carolina insisted it was Kerr (pronounced kar) Lake.