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10-24-2010, 04:18 PM #1
North Carolina Striper Fisher Persons
Now is the time for Striper Fisher person to take action to prevent another fish kill on Lake Norman and maybe elsewhere on the Catawba Chain. I and several other LKN fishermen are drafting letters and sending them to FERC (contact person and address below)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Mr. Sean Murphy
88 1st Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Dear Mr. Murphy
I am a retired Real Estate Appraiser, who retired to Lake Norman, NC in 1999. My love of fishing led me to selected Lake Norman as my final nesting place. Since retiring in late 1999, I have severed on the Lake Norman Marine Commission, regularly hold seminars at Bass Pro and Gander Mtn. and hold on line seminars for those that want to know how to fish and conserve the resources that we have in our bodies of waters in my fine state and elsewhere. I am a two time past President of the Carolinas Catfish Club, the largest in the states of NC and SC, plus I am a member of two striper club on LKN.
I have seen the best and worst of Lake Norman fisheries, from 1981 to this date. In the 80 Ďs and part of the 90ís not much attention was paid to our fisheries, but that slowly changed when some of us realized that we could over fish a lakes or rivers and started practicing CPR (catch/photograph/release), but some species we were too late as it relates to trophy fish.
We, the fishermen are now doing our part to stabilize our fisheries, but mother mature and power plants are not doing theirs. This past summer I observed hundreds of dead Striperís daily as I was guiding or fun fishing with friends for suspended blue catfish. It was published in the Regional Newspaper that nine to ten thousand Striperís had died this summer due to the lack of good quality oxygenated water, this count does not include those that birds, turtles, muskrats , river otters and other creatures consumed . This is not the first time that this has occurred, plenty of documented cases in the previous years, some caused by droughts and others due to the same problem that occurred this year.
It is my understanding that Duke Energyís 50 year re-licensing permit for the Catawba chain in under consideration and I would appreciate it if FERC would give consideration to the water qualify existing on LKN and elsewhere on the Catawba chain. Our water quality could be improved with an Oxygen-injection System similar to others approved by the Federal Government in the recent past.
McAuley C. Byrum, Jr.
PS, if you do not want to draft a letter, just reproduce this one and tell them that you agree with me, sign it and mail it to their address above.
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10-25-2010, 06:55 AM #2
Will copy, sign and send it in. Thanks Mac..................