September 14, 2010
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The State of North Carolina has granted Haywood County $150,000 in financial assistance for the design and construction of onsite impoundments for management and eventual disposal of 22,000 cubic yards of sediment material to be removed from Lake Junaluska.
“Your efforts to improve water quality in the lake, which is a great asset to your community, are to be commended,” said Governor Beverly Perdue in a recent letter to Haywood County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kirkpatrick.
“We appreciate the work of Jimmy Carr and Lake Junaluska Assembly to proactively maintain this important resource for the citizens and visitors of Haywood County,” said Chairman Kirkpatrick.
“The support of the Haywood County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Kirkpatrick, and Senator Joe Sam Queen will enable Lake Junaluska to move forward with the vital process of sediment removal,” said Jimmy L. Carr, Lake Junaluska Executive Director. “We are grateful for their support, and because of our combined efforts, we will be able to maintain and improve the water quality of the lake.”
“Lake Junaluska is a valuable asset to the Haywood Community and the entire region,” said Senator Joe Sam Queen. “The water quality of Lake Junaluska directly impacts the water quality of the surrounding area. We are glad to work in partnership with the Lake Junaluska in its efforts.”
Lake Junaluska Assembly will be working in collaboration with county officials on the implementation of this project beginning this fall. The first phase will be to develop a long-term disposal site located on 10-acres of undeveloped property on the Assembly grounds. The next phase will include removal of silt from Lake Junaluska during January through March of 2011. The disposal site will be designed to handle sediment for decades to come.