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Friday, March 15, 2013
Stakeholders have until April 8 to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the proposed revisions to the Shoreline Management Plan. FERC, which regulates the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake, has to approve any proposed changes to the plan.
A proposal to revise the plan was submitted to FERC at the end of last month by the Tri-County AEP Relicensing Committee; the counties of Bedford, Campbell, Pittsylvania and Franklin; SML residents including Bill Brush; and representatives of Appalachian Power Co., which enforces the provisions of the plan.
The group worked together for more than a year to come up with the new agreement on how the utility should manage the shoreline at the reservoirs as part of its hydro-electric power generation project.
The plan stipulates what residents and businesses with waterfront property can do along their shorelines, particularly when it comes to boat slips, and the installation of erosion control methods, such as rip-rap and shoreline vegetation. Some lake residents have complained that Appalachian has selectively enforced the plan’s provisions in a heavy-handed manner with little regard for residents’ complaints.
Bob Camicia, who represents Gills Creek on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors and is chairman of the relicensing committee, said the new plan would make it easier for residents to get permission to alter the shoreline by, for example, adding a dock or other small structure.
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