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Public Meetings June 29, 30 and July 1, 2004. Agenda. The Yadkin Project Alcoa-Yadkin’s Relicensing Process Technical Studies and Oasis Model Update Understanding Diverse Interests Settlement Negotiation Drought Contingency Plan Update Public Input. High Rock Dam. Tuckertown Dam.

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Public meetings june 29 30 and july 1 2004

Public MeetingsJune 29, 30 and July 1, 2004


Agenda

Agenda

  • The Yadkin Project

  • Alcoa-Yadkin’s Relicensing Process

  • Technical Studies and Oasis Model Update

  • Understanding Diverse Interests

  • Settlement Negotiation

  • Drought Contingency Plan Update

  • Public Input


River map 2

High Rock

Dam

Tuckertown

Dam

Narrows

Dam

Falls

Dam

River Map -2

Yadkin Project


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High Rock Dam

Tuckertown Dam

Narrows Dam

Falls Dam


Many benefits many interests

Many Benefits, Many Interests


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Supports economic development


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Offers diverse recreational opportunities


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Preserves wildlife habitat


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Provideswater supply reserve

and flood control


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Preserves cultural and botanical resources


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Land Conservation


Land conservation

Land Conservation

  • Alcoa committed to sound conservation and sustainability principles

  • Yadkin owns and manages over 15,000 acres around the Project

  • Nearly 1/3 of land is voluntarily protected by Yadkin, primarily for environmental reasons

  • Remaining land is under an active forestry program

  • Many acres designated as NCWRC gamelands and open to public


Alcoa yadkin relicensing process

Alcoa-Yadkin Relicensing Process


What is relicensing

What is Relicensing?

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates non-Federal hydropower projects

  • Ultimate licensing authority

  • FERC license is required to operate the Yadkin Project

    • Current license granted in 1958

    • New license application due April 30, 2006


Ferc s role

FERC’s Role

  • Ensures that new licensebalances power generation with non-power interests affected by the Project

    • Water quality

    • Fish, wildlife and botanical protection

    • Recreation

    • Shoreline aesthetics and management

    • Cultural resource preservation


Yadkin s relicensing process

Yadkin’s Relicensing Process

  • Involves stakeholders who have an interest in how the Project is operated (state and federal agencies, tribes, counties, municipalities, NGOs)

  • Conduct studies to learn how Project operation affects various resources

  • Based on studies, submit license application that balances hydropower generation with other interests


How interests are represented

How Interests are Represented

  • Seven Issue Advisory Groups (IAGs) focused on the key interest areas

  • Members from regions who represent stakeholders in Project (100+ people)

  • Role is to identify what issues need studying and review study results

  • IAGs will help clarify interests in the Project


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Operations Modeling

Recreation, Aesthetics,

Shoreline

Management

Fish, Aquatics

Yadkin

Relicensing

IAGs

Water Quality

Cultural

Wetlands, Wildlife, Botanical

County Economic Impacts


Relicensing timetable

Relicensing Timetable

Stage One

2002-2003

Stage Two

2003-2006

Stage Three

2006-2008

8

7

6

5

11

4

9

10

3

1

2

1) Inform stakeholders and public (publish ICD)

2) Receive input from stakeholders and public

3) Form Issue Advisory Groups

4) Conduct studies

5) Review studies w/ IAGs and public

6) Draft Application

7) Receive comments on draft Application

9) File Application

9) FERC Reviews Application and Comments

10) Conducts Environmental Assessment

11) Issues License


Technical studies and oasis model update

Technical Studies and OASIS Model Update


Purpose of studies

Purpose of Studies

  • Provide Alcoa-Yadkin with information to develop the license application

  • Provide accurate, science-based information about existence and effect of Yadkin Project operations on resource issues

  • Provide understanding of how various issues and interests in the Project interrelate and impact each other


County economics study

County Economics Study

  • County Economic Impact Assessment

    • Determine economic impact of the Project operations on five surrounding counties

    • Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

    • Draft study report expected 4th quarter, 2004


Cultural resources studies

Cultural Resources Studies

  • Historic Structures Study

    • Determine if any historical sites at Project are eligible for listing on National Register

    • Work ongoing

    • Thomason and Associates

    • Draft report anticipated July, 2004


Cultural resource studies

Cultural Resource Studies

  • Archaeological Survey at Uwharrie National Forest (UNF)

    • Determine if any significant cultural sites are being impacted by recreational use of UNF shoreline

    • Legacy

    • APGI working with US Forest Service on study scope


Fish and aquatics studies

Fish and Aquatics Studies

  • Tailwater Aquatic Surveys

    • Determine use of tailwaters by fish, mussels and macroinvertebrates

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Sampling complete

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Fish and aquatics studies1

Fish and Aquatics Studies

  • Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Mapping

    • Map location of aquatic habitats in reservoirs and evaluate effects of reservoir water levels on habitats

    • Normandeau Associates

    • High Rock and Narrows surveys complete

    • Tuckertown and Falls surveys summer 2004

    • Draft report (phase 1) expected 3rd quarter, 2004

    • Draft report (phase 2) expected 1st quarter, 2005


Fish and aquatics studies2

Fish and Aquatics Studies

  • Fish Entrainment Study

    • Determine potential for impact to reservoir fish populations from possible entrainment in Project powerhouses

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Literature review and desktop evaluation complete

    • Draft report expected July, 2004


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Fish and Aquatics Studies

  • Habitat Fragmentation Study

    • Evaluate how Project dams may have contributed to the fragmentation of fish and mussel populations in the watershed

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Study plan under development with IAG

    • Draft report anticipated 4th quarter, 2004


Water quality studies

Water Quality Studies

  • Water Quality Monitoring Study

    • Collected monthly water quality data from 1999-2003

    • Continuing tailwater dissolved oxygen (DO) /temperature data collection through 2004

    • Investigating potential options for improving tailwater DO

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Preliminary data review with IAG ongoing

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


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Water Quality Studies

  • Sediment Fate and Transport Study

    • Evaluating sources and amounts of sediment being transported into Yadkin Project from upstream and where it’s being deposited

    • Joint effort between Normandeau and PB Power

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Wetlands wildlife and botanical studies

Wetlands, Wildlife, and Botanical Studies

  • Wetland and Riparian Habitat Inventory

    • Inventory and map reservoir wetlands and other important habitat types and evaluate impacts to these areas associated with reservoir water levels

    • Wetland inventory and mapping complete

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004


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Wetlands, Wildlife, and Botanical Studies

  • Avian Inventory

    • Document use of project reservoirs by birds, with an emphasis on migratory bird use

    • Field work ongoing

    • Center for Conservation Biology (College of William and Mary)

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004


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Wetlands, Wildlife, and Botanical Studies

  • Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Inventory

    • Surveys underway to determine presence of rare, threatened, and endangered species on project lands

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004


Wetlands wildlife and botanical studies3

Wetlands, Wildlife, and Botanical Studies

  • Invasive, Exotic Plant Pest (IEPP) Inventory

    • Field work ongoing to determine the presence of IEPPs in Project

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004

  • Transmission Line/Project Facility Habitat Assessment

    • Field work ongoing

    • Normandeau Associates

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004


Recreation aesthetics and shoreline management studies

Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • Recreation Use Assessment

    • Determine levels and types of recreational use of Project reservoirs by both residents and visitors

    • ERM

    • Data collection complete

    • Draft reports expected 3rd quarter, 2004


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Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • Recreation Economic Impact

    • Determine contribution to 5-county economy from recreational use of the Project reservoirs

    • ERM

    • Recreation related expenditure data collected

    • Analysis to be coordinated with RTI County Economic Impact Study

    • Draft report expected 4th quarter, 2004


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Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • Recreation Facility Inventory

    • Inventory of public recreation facilities at Yadkin Project

    • LVA

    • Data collection complete

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Recreation aesthetics and shoreline management studies3

Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • SMP Comparison Study

    • Compared provisions of Yadkin SMP to 11 other southeast region SMPs

    • LVA

    • Draft report distributed to IAG in April, 2004

    • IAG meeting to review report in May, 2004

    • Final report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Recreation aesthetics and shoreline management studies4

Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • Project-Wide Aesthetics

    • Assessment of aesthetics of Project reservoirs and potential impacts to aesthetics associated with reservoir water levels

    • ERM

    • Data collection complete

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Recreation aesthetics and shoreline management studies5

Recreation, Aesthetics and Shoreline Management Studies

  • Uwharrie National Forest (UNF) Aesthetics Evaluation

    • Aesthetic assessment for UNF

    • ERM

    • Draft report expected 3rd quarter, 2004


Operations model

Operations Model

  • PB Power and Hydrologics developing model

  • Model will be used to depict how different operating scenarios of the Project impact interests

  • Alcoa-Yadkin model called “OASIS”

  • Working to develop common set of stream flow data with Progress Energy


Yadkin pee dee river instream flow study

Yadkin Pee Dee River Instream Flow Study

  • Study to determine the relationships between river flow and fish and habitat needs in lower river

  • Progress Energy conducting study and sharing results with Alcoa-Yadkin

  • Alcoa-Yadkin participating on study subgroup

  • Data collection through end of year

  • Draft report expected mid-2005


Understanding diverse interests

Understanding Diverse Interests


Interest map

Interests in the Yadkin Project

Interest Map

State and Federal Agencies, Citizens of States:Concerned for water quality and habitat throughout the basin; NC and SC agencies cooperate but have different interests with regard to water supply for their respective states


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Interests in the Yadkin Project

  • NC Municipalities: Salisbury, Denton, Albemarle need water intakes for municipal water supply

  • Reservoir Users, Homeowners, Businesses, NGOs: Want higher reservoir levels for recreational use and economic activity for local businesses; want land conservation

  • Local Governments: Desire help in establishing region as tourist destination to support local economy

State and Federal Agencies, citizens of States


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Interests in the Yadkin Project

  • Progress Energy: Also part of Yadkin-Pee Dee watershed and in relicensing process; Operate Tillery and Blewett Falls dams

  • Economic Development NGOs: Desire economic development of the region

  • Industrial Users: Major employers need water supply to operate; assurance of consistent flow

State and Federal Agencies; citizens of States

NC Municipalities

Reservoir Users, Homeowners, Businesses, NGOs

Local Governments


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Interests in the Yadkin Project

  • SC Municipalities: Florence, Myrtle Beach, Georgetown concerned about water supply for economic development; have no major reservoirs of their own to support drinking water or industrial use needs

  • Alcoa-Yadkin:Desire tomaintain economically viable hydropower project and meet state and federal (FERC) requirements

State and Federal Agencies, citizens of States

NC Municipalities

Reservoir Users, Homeowners, Businesses, NGOs

Local Governments

Progress Energy

Economic Development NGOs

Industrial Users

SC Municipalities

Alcoa-Yadkin


Understanding interests

Understanding Interests

  • Alcoa-Yadkin wants to

    • Clearly understand the interests of IAG participants

    • Clearly communicate its interests to them

  • Relicensing process purposely designed to

    • Develop relationships

    • Share interests

  • Though not required by FERC, Alcoa-Yadkin seeks opportunities to reach agreement on interests


Settlement negotiation

Settlement Negotiation


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Settlement Negotiation

  • Settlement negotiation

    • Formal process for attempting to reach binding agreements that become part of the license or otherwise enforceable by contract among the agreeing parties

    • Allows parties to work together in support of the license application

  • Settlement negotiations require development of protocols

    • Procedures for constructively working together developed and adopted by parties in negotiation


Achieving a settlement

Achieving a Settlement

  • What’s needed to reach a settlement

    • Wins achievable for licensee, agencies and other parties

    • All parties interested in working on settlement

    • Parties work together to develop and support settlement negotiation protocols

    • Settlement negotiations supported by scientific studies

    • Confidence in analytical tools (OASIS Operations model)

    • Parties with competing interests demonstrate flexibility


Projected timeline 2004 2006

2004

Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3 Qtr4

2005

Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3 Qtr4

2006

Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3

ID Task Name

1IAG Process/Complete Studies

2IAG Interest Clarification

3Negotiations Planning

4Settlement Negotiations

5Draft License Application

6File Final License Application

Deadline for Application

Projected Timeline 2004-2006


Drought contingency plan update

Drought Contingency Plan Update


Drought contingency plan

Drought Contingency Plan

  • Drought Contingency Plan (DCP)

    • Establishes a procedure for communicating in the event of drought conditions in the Yadkin-Pee Dee RiverBasin

    • Created following drought of 2002

  • Alcoa-Yadkin is the lead participant

    • Responsible for convening the parties

    • Parties include Alcoa-Yadkin, Duke Power, Progress Energy, NCDENR, SCDNR, SCDHEC, USFWS, High Rock Lake Homeowners Association


Current status of dcp

Current Status of DCP

  • In early June the US Drought Monitor designated more that 10% of the Yadkin – Pee Dee River Basin as D1, (moderate drought)

    • Does not indicate that a more severe drought is inevitable; warns of drought potential

    • Prompts the DCP parties to convene more frequently

  • Alcoa-Yadkin convened calls on June 10 and 23

    • Since early spring, Alcoa-Yadkin has taken conservation measures by maintaining higher than normal water levels in High Rock Reservoir

    • Conditions improved slightly over past couple of weeks


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Current Status of DCP

  • If drought conditions worsen, additional measures may be activated including municipal, agricultural and industrial water conservation plans


Get involved give input

Get Involved, Give Input

  • Opportunity to make public comments

    • Speakers who completed a request form will be called to the podium to make public comments

    • Please limit comments to five minutes in courtesy to other speakers


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Get Involved, Give Input

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