RALEIGH — State officials are hosting a public hearing Tuesday on the Kerr Lake Regional Water System’s (KLRWS) request to transfer more water from Kerr Lake /Roanoke River Basin, to meet the system’s projected water demands.
The public hearing at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at City Hall, 134 Rose Avenue in Henderson, is to allow the public to comment on the proposed certificate.
KLRWS is requesting an increase from its current interbasin transfer of 10 million gallons per day to the proposed 14.2 million gallons per day.
Water from Kerr Lake/Roanoke River Basin feeds into three river basins serving KLRWS customers: Tar River, Neuse River and Fishing Creek basins.
These three basins provide water to municipal and county systems in Franklin, Vance, Granville and Warren counties.
Kerr Lake, the sole surface water source of the water system, is in the Roanoke River basin and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The proposed transfer increase is in response to projected 2045 demands for the water system and its customers.
The requested certificate calls for transferring up to 10.7 million gallons a day to the Tar River basin, 1.8 million gallons a day to the Neuse River basin and another 1.7 million gallons a day to the Fishing Creek basin.
The supporting environmen-tal documents may be seen at ncwater.org/?page=294.
Staff members with the N.C. Division of Water Resources request that people giving verbal comments March 31 also submit written copies. Based on the number of people who wish to speak, the length of oral presentations may be limited.
Those unable to attend may mail written comments to Kim Nimmer, Division of Water Resources, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1611.
Comments may also be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed and e-mailed comments will be given equal weight.
All comments must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 30.