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Enhancing Lake Habitat

You are living near one of the most precious resources on earth — water! Here, where the water meets the land, you’ll find a world teeming with life and beauty. This area, where water and land touch — called the riparian zone — provides valuable habitat for plants and animals.

Over the past decades, this riparian zone has been altered by clearing of the natural vegetation, mowing, shoreline stabilization, etc., changing the availability and diversity of the habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife. One of the more important habitats is the shallow-water habitat for fish and wildlife. Most kinds of fish and wildlife like structure (e.g., rocks, vegetation, woody debris and man-made structures such as piers) and are attracted to it. Wildlife like turtles, muskrats and waterfowl also use these kinds of habitat for feeding and breeding areas. Such structure provides fish and wildlife with a diversity of habitats that
is generally limited naturally in most reservoirs.

In accordance with Duke Power’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license to operate hydroelectric stations on the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project and its existing Shoreline Management Plan, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Duke Power have formed a partnership to develop habitat management strategies that will improve the habitat for fish and wildlife in and adjacent to Duke Power operated reservoirs.


Habitat Enhancement Fund
As part of the habitat management strategy, a "Habitat Enhancement Fund" has been set up to provide for habitat enhancement activities that will create, protect and enhance the fisheries and wildlife habitats in and around the reservoirs. This fund will be supported from payment by applicants seeking a permit to build, rebuild or expand an individual private pier or commercial/residential facility slip(s) on the Catawba-Wateree Project. • Individual private pier applicants – $500/pier • Commercial/Residential facility slip applicants – $500/slip (These fees are based on the estimates of the cost of constructing a "fish-friendly" pier utilizing prefabricated fish habitat structures and brush for an average pier.)

The habitat enhancement fee and the pier/facility permit application filing fee will be collected by Duke Power upon submittal of a Private Facilities or Commercial Facilities application. Applicants should write one check to Duke Power for the application filing fee and the other check to the Habitat Enhancement Fund. Non-payment will result in the denial of the pier/facility permit. All Habitat Enhancement Fund payments will be administered by the Foundation for the Carolinas, a Charlotte-based organization serving the philanthropic needs of the Carolinas for over 40 years.

Funds collected in North Carolina will be used for enhancement activities in North Carolina. Funds collected in South Carolina will be used for activities in South Carolina. Any agency, organization or individual may apply for funding to protect, create and/or enhance fish and wildlife habitat. Fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and creation and protection activities are to be within and contiguous with the Project boundary, the Duke–owned islands, Duke-owned public recreation areas and the regulated river stretches between the Catawba-Wateree Project developments in the counties occupied by the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project. For information on submitting a proposal for habitat enhancement activity funding, contact Duke Power at 1-800-443-5193.

A Habitat Enhancement Review Committee for each state will review and evaluate each proposal seeking monetary support from these funds. Proposals approved by the Review Committee will be awarded funds to support habitat enhancement activities.A Habitat Enhancement Fund activity report will be available to the public each year describing which enhancement activities were approved by the Review Committee and supported by the fund.

The review committees will be composed of the following:

  • North Carolina Habitat Enhancement Review Committee
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission – wildlife biologist
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - fisheries biologist
  • Member-at-large - with fish/wildlife habitat expertise
  • Duke Power
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • South Carolina Habitat Enhancement Review Committee
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - biologist
  • Member-at-large – with fish/wildlife habitat expertise
  • Duke Power
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Habitat Enhancement Program will be reviewed
in 2005 and then again every 5 years – for improvements,
fee rate evaluation and for any other modifications.

The goal of this program is to provide an effective
means of allowing continued private recreational
access while providing meaningful habitat creation,
enhancement and protection activities for fish and
wildlife adjacent to the Catawba River and its reservoirs.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping make this
happen so that in the future we can all continue enjoying
the fish and wildlife resources of the Catawba River.

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