Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lake Gaston Ass'n Prepares for Interbasin Water Transfer Meeting

by Della Batts, Daily Herald Staff Writer
April 2, 2009

LAKE GASTON — The Lake Gaston Association met yesterday with many issues to discuss. Interbasin transfers may be making headlines again as the Roanoke River Bi-State Commission will hold a meeting April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department. They will be discussing with the public the possibility of new interbasin water transfers that will effect the Roanoke River.

It was 29 years ago that Virginia Beach and North Carolina went to court over the construction of a pipeline in Brunswick County to pump water to the city from Lake Gaston. Virginia Beach currently pipes 60 million gallons of water from Lake Gaston on a daily basis. According to LGA member Pete Deschenes, representatives at the Bi-State Commission spent most of their meeting on this one issue. They said other municipalities are waiting in line to build their own pipelines and the commission wants the public to weigh in on the issue. The meeting is open to the public.

An additional discussion moved to the possibility of uranium mining at the head waters of the Roanoke River has caught directors’ interest. They will be investigating the possible effects on the water supply and will be developing an opinion. The proposed mining will take place in Pittsylvania County, Va.

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