Protecting the Carolinas' waterways

Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program
Durham Soil and Water Conservation District, Durham, NC
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Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program
Durham Soil and Water Conservation District, Durham, NC
Durham

This project focuses on the implementation of Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) for BMP installation in the Jordan Lake Watershed, specifically in the Upper New Hope Creek sub watersheds.

Counties Impacted:

  • Durham
  • Wake County

Duke Energy grant funds were critical for building momentum for the Durham and Wake SWCD Community Conservation Assistance Programs (CCAP). These grant funds allowed us to work in more watersheds and help many citizens to voluntarily install practices to improve and protect local water quality. Durham and Wake SWCD staff hosted and participated in 13 community events to raise public awareness for this project including HOA meeting presentations, Stream Restoration workshops, Community Tours, and more. 328 citizens attended these events. More than 765 acres in the Jordan Lake watershed were treated by the stormwater BMPs installed through this grant. Using state nutrient and sediment reduction models, we estimate that these projects annually reduce nitrogen loads to Jordan Lake by 92lbs of nitrogen, 7 lbs of phosphorous, and 203 tons of sediment.

-Lisa Marochak, Senior Administrative Officer

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wetlands Development
University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Office of Sponsored Programs, Greensboro, NC
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wetlands Development
University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Office of Sponsored Programs, Greensboro, NC
Greensboro

This project will construct two wetlands on the UNCG campus to improve water quality and increase education, community outreach, research and campus beautification. Additionally, wetland maintenance will be integrated into UNCG's STEM curriculum.

Counties Impacted:

  • Guilford County, NC

​When we modify ecosystems, we often lose that capability of providing ecosystem services. Restoring wetlands is a way to improve water quality and increase biodiversity. Since we are on UNCG campus, this can also be used as a research and education tool.

-Dr. Parke Rublee, Professor of Biology, UNCG

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Wonders of Water and Wildlife (WoWW)
Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council, Statesville, NC
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Wonders of Water and Wildlife (WoWW)
Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council, Statesville, NC
Statesville

WoWW will increase community awareness of protecting water resources and teach concepts needed to improve water quality, quantity and conservation by developing project infrastructure, strategic collaborations, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Counties Impacted:

  • Iredell
  • Mecklenburg
  • Cabarrus
  • Anson
  • Union
  • Montgomery
  • Stanly
  • Rowan
  • York

​We want to make sure every time a girl interacts with the water she knows how to treat it so she remains safe and it remains safe. The new improvements will help the camp safely teach girl scouts about water science and animal life.

– Angela Woods, CEO, Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council

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Development of an Adopt-a-Stream Program for Spartanburg County
Watershed Ecology Center, Spartanburg, SC
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Development of an Adopt-a-Stream Program for Spartanburg County
Watershed Ecology Center, Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg

The goal of this project is to improve source water quality in Spartanburg Co. through the education and involvement of citizen water quality monitoring volunteers. Each certified volunteer will receive QA/QC training on water sampling and analysis.

The funding for AAS for Spartanburg County has allowed the Watershed Ecology Center to assume a more active role in water monitoring in the County and a more active role in AAS in South Carolina. The secondary education teachers who have kits now have a simple tool to demonstrate water quality to their students. This is a win-win for our community.

– Jack A. Turner, Director of the Watershed Ecology Center USC Upstate

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YMCA of Greenville’s Caine Halter Family Y Outdoor Classroom and Riparian Corridor Restoration
YMCA of Greenville, SC, Greenville, SC
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YMCA of Greenville’s Caine Halter Family Y Outdoor Classroom and Riparian Corridor Restoration
YMCA of Greenville, SC, Greenville, SC
Greenville

Giving people access to all parts of the river ecology opens their eyes to the value of the natural world and their role in preserving it. The updates to the riverside create an environmental education resource for the Y's programs as well as other community partners. A large stone council ring, multiple science stations, walking trails, under a tree-canopied area enhance this outdoor classroom space for the full community.

Counties Impacted:

  • Greenville County

​Thanks to the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, YMCA of Greenville’s new riverside outdoor classroom and educational programs allow our community to engage with the Reedy River, furthering their understanding of the impact urbanization makes on it and what their roles can be to protect it.

Jamie Inman, Chief Mission Advancement Officer, YMCA of Greenville.

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Clemson University , Clemson, SC
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A Teacher Education Course at the Duke Energy Bad Creek Hydro Station in Salem, SC
Clemson University , Clemson, SC

This project will teach K-12 teachers about the ecology of a Duke Energy facility, the Bad Creek Hydro Station in Salem, SC. It will educate local K-12 teachers about hydroelectric and nuclear power production, and will fully support 12 K-12 teachers to complete a Clemson University graduate course focused on energy and the ecology of the area surrounding the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station.

Counties Impacted:

  • Pickens County
  • Anderson County

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City of Greensboro, Summerfield, NC
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Access Lake Higgins
City of Greensboro, Summerfield, NC

Project Access Lake Higgins provides access to outdoor recreation to individuals of all abilities in an inclusive environment through the installation of an accessible and universally designed kayak/canoe launch, sidewalks and accessible parking. The launch will allow individual use and create independence for individuals to recreate in nature along with friends and family at their own leisure as well as provide an opportunity for more inclusive programs and events.

Counties Impacted:

  • Guilford
  • Rockingham
  • Forsyth
  • Randolph
  • Alamance

​At Greensboro Parks and Recreation, everything we do is about building better lives to build a better community.  This launch will create a more inclusive environment that will give individuals of all abilities access to nature and the healing power of water.

-Sharon Williams, Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Coordinator

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Bridge II Sports, Morrisville, NC
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Accessible Water Access at Lake Crabtree Promoting Recreation for All
Bridge II Sports, Morrisville, NC

Through the efforts of Bridge II Sports and corporate and community partners, Lake Crabtree County Park is now home to the most accessible dock in the country giving recreational water access to all. The Duke Energy Water Resource Fund generously provided storage, kayaks and adapted equipment to create paddle sport opportunity for people with physical disabilities in North Carolina and beyond.

Counties Impacted:

  • Wake
  • Durham
  • Orange
  • Cumberland

The plan took five years, generous community donors, experts, and municipalities to come together with the goal of creating water access for everyone. We are excited for the benefits to the community as the dock draws watersport competitions and paddlers from all over to the Triangle.

-Ashley Thomas, Founder and Executive Director Bridge II Sports

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Town of Halifax, Halifax, VA
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Banister River Blueway Project - Banister Lake Boat Landing and King's Bridge Landing
Town of Halifax, Halifax, VA

The Town Comprehensive Plan identifies the "Banister Lake/Banister River Recreation Area" to promote natural resource protection (water quality and wildlife habitat) and to market outdoor recreation and natural heritage experiences. Banister Lake Access is a new ramp with ADA accessible courtesy pier for motorized boats and a new canoe/kayak hand launch. King’s Bridge Access is a hand launch only for canoes & kayaks with wayside, scenic river overlook/interpretive signage.

Counties Impacted:

  • Banister Lake Boat Landing-1125 L.P. Bailey Memorial Hwy.
  • King’s Bridge Landing-1041 Bethel Rd

​These facilities help Halifax’s participation with a larger regional vision that brings increased access, environmental awareness, and a beautiful presentation of both the Banister Lake and the Banister River.

- Mayor V. Kristy Johnson, Town of Halifax

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Conservation Trust for North Carolina, West Jefferson, NC
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Betsey's Rock Falls Conservation Project
Conservation Trust for North Carolina, West Jefferson, NC

Conservation Trust for North Carolina acquired a permanent conservation easement on 34 acres of vegetated buffers along pristine creeks and a portion of the 240-foot Betsey’s Rock Falls in Wilkes County. The easement protects water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and scenic views from locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Betsey’s Rock Falls Overlook.  

Counties Impacted:

  • Wilkes County

​The grant from Duke Energy Foundation’s Water Resources Fund helped CTNC ensure that pristine water quality, healthy wildlife habitat, and scenic views will be preserved along a beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We greatly appreciate Duke Energy’s generous support of this project.

- Rusty Painter, CTNC Land Protection Director

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Pee Dee Land Trust, Florence, SC
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Black Creek Conservation Strategy
Pee Dee Land Trust, Florence, SC

This project will initiate a long-term process for strategic conservation of high priority lands on Black Creek in Darlington County. To do this, Pee Dee Land Trust will prioritize properties, educate landowners about conservation options, and complete a new conservation easement project.

Counties Impacted:

  • Darlington County SC

​The Black Creek Conservation Strategy is providing valuable information to landowners about conservation options for properties that include significant frontage along Black Creek, a major tributary of the Great Pee Dee River.  This project will build on the strong, historic conservation ethic that has helped preserve and improve water quality in Black Creek, and will generate additional conservation easements in coming years.

- David Harper, Executive Director

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Triangle Land Conservancy, Chapel Hill, NC
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Brumley Forest Riparian Restoration
Triangle Land Conservancy, Chapel Hill, NC

TLC improved water quality, aquatic education, and public access on our 613 acre Orange County Brumley Nature Preserve by reforesting stream buffers, building and improving trails and implementing an interpretive kiosk by a pond and stream.

Counties Impacted:

  • Orange County

​We are grateful for Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to improve water quality, environmental access, and education. This support has allowed TLC to get more people outside with programs that inspire a love of the outdoors and a spirit of exploration.

—Sandy Sweitzer, Executive Director, Triangle Land Conservancy

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Macon Soil and Water Conservation District, Franklin, NC
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Cartoogechaye Creek Canoe Launch and Stream Access
Macon Soil and Water Conservation District, Franklin, NC

Macon Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with Macon County Parks and Recreation intends to install two canoe launches and a public stream access on Macon County's recently purchased and developed Parker Meadows Recreation Facility.

Counties Impacted:

  • Macon

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gastonia, NC
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Catawba Basin Upland Watershed Observatory: A Partnership for Long-Term Water Research and Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Gastonia, NC

This initiative will establish the Catawba Basin Watershed Observatory, a long-term outdoor laboratory that will monitor water resources, and document the environmental history and any changes that occur in the areas under study. The observatory will be located at Redlair, an approximately 1,200-acre property preserved in Gaston County along the South Fork of the Catawba River.

Counties Impacted:

  • Gaston
  • Mecklenburg

​Long-term monitoring of small watersheds will provide invaluable data regarding water resources for the region, as well as an opportunity for K-16 educators to employ real-life examples of how water, the climate and the landscape are connected.

-Dr. Martha-Cary Eppes

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Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development, Marshall, NC
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Catawba Streambank Stabilization and Trail at Old Fort Park
Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development, Marshall, NC

This project will provide a much needed stream restoration, which will stabilize eroding banks and offer an ADA accessible angler trail along a hatchery supported trout stream.

Counties Impacted:

  • McDowell County

​This beautiful stretch of the Catawba River headwaters had an unstable steam bank which needed repair. Support from Duke Energy Water Resource Fund made the repair possible, along with the construction of the 0.5 mile handicap accessible angler trail, and an educational kiosk signage. The Catawba Streambank Stabilization and Trail at Old Fort Park project was a unique opportunity to improve the water quality of the river and enhance an outstanding recreational community asset

- Jessica Hocz, Executive Director

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City of Conway, Conway, SC
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City of Conway's Waccamaw River Park and Recreational Area
City of Conway, Conway, SC

The RMS Waccamaw River Tract is part of a conservation network which protects coastal wetlands and water quality adjacent to Conway, SC. The Waccamaw River conservation corridor will be managed for ecological health and public access and recreation.

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City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, NC
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City of Jacksonville Riverwalk Marina
City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, NC

The goal is to revitalize a dilapidated marina while also incorporating public access features by replacing old docks and piers and by constructing a boardwalk, on-the-water fishing and picnic/viewing areas, and a kayak/canoe launch for public use.

Counties Impacted:

  • Onslow County

​The Jacksonville Riverwalk Marina project is a key component in expanding water related opportunities.  It will help create the downtown as a “destination” for our citizens to live, work, and enjoy a quality lifestyle through the elimination of a privately held, dilapidated marina with limited viewing of the New River in favor of a City-owned marina that provides both access and recreational opportunities. Such a visible change will ensure public awareness of the facility and the river since it will be located within close proximity to three other City parks and the Kerr Street Recreation Center.  This project only adds to the over $2 million investment the City has made over the past 6 years towards revitalizing the downtown area.  It also represents a continuation of other water quality, sustainability, and education efforts  such as the Wilson Bay Initiative, the upcoming Oyster Highway project, and the soon-to-be-constructed Environmental Education at Sturgeon City.

-Dr. Richard Woodruff, Jacksonville City Manager

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Spartanburg Area Conservancy, Spartanburg, SC
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Cottonwood South Trail
Spartanburg Area Conservancy, Spartanburg, SC

The Cottonwood South Trail will extend approximately 2.5 miles along Lawson's Fork Creek, one of the main watersheds in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The project will connect to the existing Glendale Shoals Preserve, established by SPACE in 1994.

Counties Impacted:

  • Spartanburg County

​The Cottonwood South Trail will connect the already popular Glendale Shoals Preserve to several important historic and natural resources along Spartanburg's Lawson's Fork Creek corridor, enhancing what was already one of our community's most beloved natural preserves.

-Andrew Waters, Executive Director of Spartanburg Area Conservancy

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Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Columbia, SC
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Dug Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail
Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Columbia, SC

The goal is to protect the natural environment by using best management practices and materials to construct the Dug Mountain Passage of the Palmetto Trail, which will provide public access to the lower Eastatoe Creek watershed in Jocassee Gorges.

Counties Impacted:

  • Pickens
  • Oconee
  • Greenville
  • Spartanburg

​This incredible project will help us protect the Jocassee Gorges environment and better serve our community for years to come. The lower Eastatoe watershed is part of the internationally recognized Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, a pine-hemlock-hardwood forest that provides habitats for a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This project will create an outdoor classroom for people of all ages and abilities and a unique chance to experience one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet.

-PCF Executive Director Natalie Britt

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Valle Crucis Community Park, Inc., Banner Elk, NC
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Dutch Creek Stream Restoration and Education Initiative
Valle Crucis Community Park, Inc., Banner Elk, NC

The Dutch Creek Stream Restoration and Education Initiative restored a degraded reach of Dutch Creek using natural channel design methods. The project is located on property shared by Valle Crucis Community Park and Valle Crucis School, making it an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the importance of restoration projects to protect important aquatic and riparian habitat.

Counties Impacted:

  • Watauga County

​ The Dutch Creek Stream Restoration project has enabled Valle Crucis Commuity Park to meet several strategic goals: Not only did it drastically improve very important aquatic and riparian habitat, it has alleviated issues with flooding during major storms and improved access to the creek for fishing and wading. The project has also been used for several environmental education programs, both for the general public and for students at Valle Crucis School.

 

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Beautiful Places Alliance, Marietta, SC
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Education Exhibits along the Saluda-Reedy River Watershed
Beautiful Places Alliance, Marietta, SC

This project will provide new educational exhibits and signage for educational programs at Upstate parks that are part of the Saluda-Reedy River Watershed.

Counties Impacted:

  • Greenville
  • Spartanburg
  • Pickens

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Furman University, Greenville, SC
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Furman University Swan Lake Restoration Project
Furman University, Greenville, SC

This project aims to restore seepage wetland habitat and improve water quality of Swan Lake in the Reedy River watershed by building floating marsh islands. The project will be the basis for student-faculty ecological research and community education.

Counties Impacted:

  • Greenville County

​This project works to reduce siltation in Swan Lake, improving water quality in the lake and downstream.  It also enhances wildlife habitat and viewing opportunities, expands public water access and works to educates students and the public on the importance of water resources.  This education comes through the project’s incorporation in laboratory classwork as a living learning lab resource, programing through the Shi Center and public signage around the project to education our community as they visit the lake to exercise and relax with family and friends.

— Kelly Grant Purvis, Associate Director, Shi Center for Sustainability

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The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina, Mount Pleasant, SC
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Gap Creek Acquisition Project
The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina, Mount Pleasant, SC

The Conservancy is raising funds to purchase the iconic 950-acre Gap Creek property in the South Carolina mountains. Once acquired, we will transfer it to SC State Parks to expand Jones Gap State Park, completing a 40-year conservation vision.

Counties Impacted:

  • Greenville
  • Spartanburg
  • Anderson
  • Pickens
  • Cherokee
  • Oconee
  • Union
  • Laurens

​Gap Creek is a beautiful place that also will be critical for water quality and environmental education. Headwater streams on-site flow into Saluda Lake, which provides drinking water for 18,000 residents of Easley, S.C. Keeping Gap Creek forested helps keep that water clean and plentiful. We’re also excited for this property’s potential to educate and inspire more than 800,000 visitors who flock to this area annually for outdoor recreation. S.C. State Parks plans to install trails and signage that will provide key messages about the area’s unique natural resources and the importance of protecting them.

-Mark Robertson, Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina

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Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, Spruce Pine, NC
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Grassy Creek Restoration and Mitchell County Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail - Phase 2
Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, Spruce Pine, NC

The Grassy Creek Restoration and OVT- Phase II project will improve an impacted subwatershed of the North Toe watershed by stabilizing and restoring a 1,000 foot section of Grassy Creek. The project will also continue development of the OVT.

Counties Impacted:

  • Mitchell
  • Avery
  • McDowell
  • Yancey

​The Grassy Creek Restoration and OVT project will provide additional recreation opportunities to local residents and visitors alike. The restoration aspect will also provide an excellent outreach example of how natural resource improvement (water quality, habitat, etc.) can lead to additional job opportunities and tourism dollars for the county. A win-win for everyone.

- Lauren Street, Toe-Cane Watershed Coordinator

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Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives, Gibsonville, NC
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Haw River Canoe and Kayak Access and Historic Trails
Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives, Gibsonville, NC

This project will provide a canoe/kayak access at High Rock Ford, the highest point of navigation on the Haw River, and add 4 river miles to the popular Haw River Paddle Trail and ¼ mile to the Haw River Land Trail.

Counties Impacted:

  • Rockingham County

​High Rock Ford is the ideal place to explore the relationship between history, nature, and our environment, and the MARC is thrilled to have the opportunity to open it to the public as educational trails and a river access. Once a place of regional and national significance, a bustling center of commerce, stage coach stop, and Revolutionary War campground, this project will return High Rock Ford to the people, as a place they can gather to enjoy the nature around them and connect directly with their past.

-Jordan Rossi, Executive Director

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Surry County Parks and Recreation, Pilot Mountain, NC
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Highway 268 Fishing and Canoeing Access
Surry County Parks and Recreation, Pilot Mountain, NC

There are 4 navigable rivers within our borders. The goal of this project is to build 1 of the 13 needed river accesses in Surry County, which will give the public access to waterways, and will be accomplished through a partnership with NC Wildlife.

Counties Impacted:

  • Surry County

​The development of this river access will open up opportunities on the Ararat River.  This will be the first access of many allowing the public to have access to our waterways.  Additionally, this proposal includes the opportunity to supply signs teaching the ethics of “Leave No Trace,” “Pack it in, Pack it out,” and “Take only photographs, and leave only footprints.”  This philosophy has worked well at other accesses throughout Surry County.

- Daniel White, Director of Parks and Recreation

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Piedmont Land Conservancy, Greensboro, NC
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Hill Farm on the Dan River - Public Fishing, Limited Hunting and Hiking Access
Piedmont Land Conservancy, Greensboro, NC

PLC will transfer 155 acres of the Hill Farm in Stokes County to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Fund for permanent protection and management as a public access fishing, hiking and limited hunting preserve. The property has two miles on the Dan River.

Counties Impacted:

  • Stokes County, NC

​The Conservancy spent five years pursuing these properties with the ultimate goal of providing greater public access to the Dan River. Fishing enthusiasts and hunters will soon have a new opportunity to access one of the Piedmont’s special places, while protecting one of our region’s most wild and scenic rivers.

-Kevin Redding, executive director of PLC

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Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development, Marshall, NC
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Ivy River Partners
Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development, Marshall, NC

This project aims to improve water quality in the Ivy River Watershed, a water supply source, through partnership development, stakeholder engagement, education and outreach, and on the ground projects.

Counties Impacted:

  • Madison
  • Buncombe

​The Ivy River is a drinking water supply source and a major tributary to the French Broad which is at the heart of our recreational economy here in Madison County. Sections of the river are on the EPA's list of impaired and impacted water bodies. With help from the Duke Energy Water Resource Fund, Ivy River Partners has been able to recycle 562 TVs and other electronics to reduce illegal dumping after a charge was initiated at the landfill, remove 11,160 lbs of litter from the waterways, provide hands-on water quality education for every 8th grader in Madison County, and continue a water quality monitoring program that has helped leverage over $730,000 for on the ground projects over the past 4 years. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with some of the richest natural resources, but we have a rural economy. Duke Energy Foundation is helping us improve these natural resources with an education component that will elicit stewardship for years to come.

- Mariah Hughes, Project Coordinator

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Southwestern North Carolina RC&D Council, Maggie Valley, NC
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Implementing Stormwater Retrofits in Maggie Valley, NC
Southwestern North Carolina RC&D Council, Maggie Valley, NC

This project will implement stormwater retrofits in Maggie Valley in Haywood County. This includes restoring 200 feet of stream bank, installing a fire truck washing pad and bio-filter, and implementing stormwater best management practices with stream access points. These activities will improve water quality and help maintain the stream at a trout standard.

Counties Impacted:

  • Haywood County

​Maggie Valley is a NC Trout City where the funded projects will directly improve the water quality of Jonathan Creek.  Much of the development is immediately adjacent to the stream where parking lots and roof tops directly drain to the stream.  It will take action by many people, but improvement can happen.

-Lynn Sprague, Executive Director of the Southwestern NC RC&D Council

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Institute of Marine Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC
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Institute of Marine Sciences' Portable, Autonomous, On Board Water Quality Monitoring System for FerryMon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Institute of Marine Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC

The Institute's Ferry Monitoring program (FerryMon) provides water quality monitoring data to citizens, stakeholders, managers, and policy makers to promote science-based management and awareness of the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound Estuarine System.

Counties Impacted:

  • Carteret
  • Craven
  • Pamlico
  • Hyde

​ Professor Paerl’s research using FerryMon, “aims to understand how excessive nutrients from the land make their way into our aquatic ecosystems, potentially affecting our drinking water, our coasts, our fisheries and recreation. This work is fundamental to solving some of our nation’s biggest challenges and Carolina is tremendously proud to be his academic home."

Quote from Dr. Carol Folt, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor (Jan 8, 2016)

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City of Belmont, Belmont, NC
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Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park
City of Belmont, Belmont, NC

The City of Belmont is building the Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park along the Catawba River. This park will provide access to the Catawba River as well as recreational and environmental education opportunities in a natural setting.

Counties Impacted:

  • Gaston County

The Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park provides free public access to the Catawba River, providing Belmont’s residents and guests with the ability to launch a boat, canoe, or kayak into the river or to simply stroll along the shore and observe the various plants, fish, and waterfowl living in this unique habitat.

- Adrian Miller, City Manager, City of Belmont

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Beautiful Places Alliance, Spartanburg , SC
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Lake Craig Pier at Croft State Park
Beautiful Places Alliance, Spartanburg , SC

Lake Craig at Croft State Park is one of the largest lakes in the Fairforest Watershed. The goal is to partner with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to improve public access to the lake by building a fishing pier.

Counties Impacted:

  • Spartanburg
  • Greenville
  • Union
  • Laurens
  • York

​It's a great day when you have sister agencies like SCDNR and State Parks come together with a great partner like Duke Energy to make an impact and to help families make memories. Not only do families enjoy the fishing, the educational signage helps them understand the environment of the lake.

-Phil Gaines, Director of South Carolina State Parks

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Water Watch of Lake Wateree Association, Winnsboro, SC
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Lake Wateree Quality Program
Water Watch of Lake Wateree Association, Winnsboro, SC

Using volunteers and USC scientific support, identify and track algae growth on the Lake. Through frequent water, algae, and shoreline analysis, identify causes and solution options. Educate and engage community to control/prevent nutrient inflows.

Counties Impacted:

  • Fairfield
  • Kershaw
  • Lancaster
  • Chester

This grant will help us better serve our Lake Wateree community for years to come.  It is being used to continue a project to study and remediate the growing presence of algae, which is affecting wildlife habitats, recreational use, and aesthetic and health concerns for lake users.  An important aspect of the remediation will be community outreach to inform residents and visitors about actions they can take to reduce nutrient inflows that enable algae growth.

- Randy Kelley, Chairman of WaterWatch Advisory Committee

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Town of Oakboro, Oakboro, NC
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Land Purchase for Canoe/Kayak Launch - Carolina Thread Trail/Town of Oakboro Project
Town of Oakboro, Oakboro, NC

This project will update current park property into a public park, allowing access to Rocky River by a canoe/kayak launch, taking advantage of the property's Significant Natural Heritage Area as a community resource for educational purposes/recreational opportunities.

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North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Raleigh, NC
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Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Area Partnership
North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Raleigh, NC

The Little Tennessee River system is the nation's first Native Fish Conservation Area. We will develop a set of educational videos to inform and engage citizens, and an interactive web-based map to guide conservation efforts by the Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Partnership.

Counties Impacted:

Georgia

  • Rabun

​North Carolina

  • Macon
  • Clay
  • Jackson
  • Swain
  • Cherokee
  • Graham

​Tennessee

  • Blount
  • Loudon
  • Monroe

​This project is providing tools to support the Partnership’s work with aquatic restoration and public education.  The web mapper will enable partners to share data and prioritize where we should implement aquatic species and habitat restoration projects.  The video project will result in high quality videos by Freshwaters Illustrated that we will be able to use in classrooms, visitor centers, museums, and social media.  We hope these videos will inspire both residents and visitors to be engaged stewards of our streams and the incredible aquatic biodiversity they support.

- Andrea Leslie, Mountain Habitat Conservation Coordinator

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City of Eden, Eden, NC
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Matrimony Creek Nature Trail
City of Eden, Eden, NC

Matrimony Creek Nature Trail is an approximately one mile nature trail running from Washington Street to Price Road along Matrimony Creek. The goal is to provide a walking trail next to an Eden waterway in the western section of the city. The funding will provide the city with resources engineer and develop the trail using city resources and outside contractors.

Counties Impacted:

  • Rockingham, NC
  • Henry County, VA
  • Pittsylvania County, VA

​The Matrimony Creek Nature Trail will provide an educational opportunity for the area elementary school, provide a beautiful walking trail for area residents, and continue Eden's quest to showcase its rivers, trails and waterways.

-Mayor Wayne R. Tuggle, JR.

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Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC
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Nash Community College (NCC) Water Quality Institute
Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

The NCC Water Quality Institute (WQI) will improve water quality and conservation in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins through research, public outreach, K-14 education, and workforce development in related career fields. NCC’s Water Quality Institute is conducting research to assess the relative impact of different land uses and invasive species dynamics on aquatic systems and endemic organisms of these river basins.

Counties Impacted:

  • Beaufort
  • Carteret
  • Craven
  • Dare
  • Duplin
  • Durham
  • Edgecombe
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Greene
  • Halifax
  • Harnett
  • Hyde
  • Johnston
  • Jones
  • Lenoir
  • Martin
  • Nash
  • Onslow
  • Orange
  • Pamlico
  • Person
  • Pitt
  • Sampson
  • Vance
  • Wake
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wilson

By measuring water quality parameters at a variety of sites distributed throughout the Tar and Neuse River basins we are building a drainage basin-wide snapshot of water quality. We have found certain areas with good water quality and other areas with poor water quality. Moreover, we have documented wide variation in water quality parameters at the sites throughout the sampling period. This variation clearly illustrates that the factors affecting water quality in our areas are complex and bear continuous monitoring to both identify problem areas as well as finding solutions to poor water quality.

- Dr. David Beamer

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North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Raleigh, NC
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NCMA Park Upper Tributary and Forest Improvement Project: Phase 1
North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Raleigh, NC

This project will improve the head waters of the tributary to House Creek in the NCMA’s Park in an effort to reduce sediment and nutrient run off in water that exits the property. A new trail and signage will provide an enhanced experience in nature.

Counties Impacted:

  • Wake

​Water will be improved on site and downstream. Current stream instability is being repaired to prevent continued bank erosion and accelerating tree loss. Stabilizing this section of stream will improve aesthetics, safety and reduce the amount of sedimentation downstream as it flows into the Neuse River Watershed

– Dan Gottlieb, Director of Planning, Design, and Museum Park

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North Carolina Coastal Land Trust , Wilmington, NC
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Our Waters, Our Communities, A Plan for Public Access
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust , Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust used a grant from the Water Resources Fund to transform two of its properties, each ideally suited to connect children to nature, into safe, user-friendly nature preserves. We built trails, interpretive kiosks, planted a pollinator garden, repaired a dock and a wilderness campsite (new screens, doors and roofing), removed debris, and installed picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles.

Counties Impacted:

  • Onslow
  • Carteret

​With support from the Water Resources Fund, there are two new places for children to enjoy and learn about nature, to get outdoors and unplugged, and to walk and hike. The Everett Creek Preserve, located across the street from an elementary school, features a Pollinator Garden that the school children helped plant and maintain. We are thrilled with the educational opportunities now in place at these two nature preserves

- Camilla Herlevich, Executive Director

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The Conservation Fund, Brevard, NC
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Preserving Headwaters State Forest
The Conservation Fund, Brevard, NC

Support from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund was leveraged with grants from the Forest Legacy Program, the Open Space Institute and the NC Environmental Enhancement Grant Program to protect nearly 700 acres of the future Headwaters State Forest in August 2016.  The NC Forest Service hopes to open the nearly 7,000-acre state forest to the public in late 2018 for a myriad of recreation opportunities including hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Counties Impacted:

  • Transylvania

​ We greatly appreciate Duke Energy’s support for helping to protect the headwaters of the East Fork of the French Broad River and for helping establish NC’s newest State Forest in Transylvania County. Hundreds of thousands of people rely upon the French Broad River for drinking water, electric power production and recreation.

– Bill Holman, NC State Director, The Conservation Fund

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University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
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Project TECHNOcean
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

Project TECHNOcean will provide underserved middle school students with STEM experiential learning opportunities that promise to engage them with the marine environment. Project TECHNOcean proposes to use NC standards based hands-on inquiry-based lessons, labs and field experiences to engage students with ocean monitoring, ocean exploration, ocean conservation and marine engineering. Students will practice authentic STEM skills associated with marine science research and data collection.

Counties Impacted:

  • New Hanover County​
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Wilmington, NC
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Project WOW! Waters of Waccamaw
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Wilmington, NC

The Waccamaw is one of the most beautiful, wildest and most biologically unique of North Carolina’s rivers. This grant has resulted in the permanent protection of critically important wetlands and almost two miles of forested buffer on the river.

Counties Impacted:

  • Columbus County

​The Waccamaw is unique and wild; it includes some of the most beautiful and extensive cypress swamps in the state, and portions of the river and Lake Waccamaw contain fish and mollusks that are found nowhere else on Earth.

-Janice Allen, Deputy Director of the Coastal Land Trust

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Maggie Valley Sanitary District, Maggie Valley, NC
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Protecting Sheepback Mountain's Water Resources
Maggie Valley Sanitary District, Maggie Valley, NC

For over a decade, protecting the watershed within Sheepback Mountain has been a goal of the Town of Maggie Valley and the Sanitary District. If protected, this watershed would greatly contribute to improved water quality for citizens and visitors.

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Eno River Association, Durham, NC
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Protecting the Eno River Corridor & Creating a New Gateway to the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Eno River Association, Durham, NC

This project secures the last unprotected river buffer from the Orange County line at Pleasant Green Road for 4.5 miles to the Eno River State Park’s current northwest boundary. It protects water quality and creates a new gateway for the park and the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Counties Impacted:

  • Durham
  • Orange County

​​By filling a gap in the buffered protection of the Eno River, this project protects drinking water for Durham, Raleigh and other towns which rely on Falls Lake for their drinking water.  This easement project also closes a critical gap in the route of the NC Mountains-to Sea Trail along the Eno River.

– Barbara Driscoll, President, Eno River Association

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Foothills Conservancy of NC, Morganton, NC
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Quantifying Land-Use Change Impacts on Catawba River Basin Water Supply through Economic Valuation
Foothills Conservancy of NC, Morganton, NC

This project will add an economic analysis to a research model that will determine the impacts of various land uses on water quantity and quality throughout the Catawba River Basin, and identify priority areas for source water protection through land conservation. The costs and benefits of conserving priority land parcels will be evaluated.

Counties Impacted:

North Carolina

  • Avery
  • Burke
  • Caldwell
  • McDowell
  • Catawba
  • Alexander
  • Lincoln
  • Iredell
  • Gaston
  • Mecklenburg
  • Union

South Carolina

  • York
  • Chester
  • Lancaster
  • Fairfield
  • Kershaw

The study is a great collaboration among land trusts in the Catawba-Wateree Basin (Foothills Conservancy, Catawba Lands Conservancy, The Conservation Fund) and the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group to better define land and water conservation actions we can undertake collectively to protect and maintain the Catawba-Wateree River as a healthy and reliable source of water for generations to come.

- Andrew Kota, Associate Director

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City of Randleman, Randleman, NC
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Randleman Deep River Nature Preserve & State Trail
City of Randleman, Randleman, NC

The City of Randleman purchased 157 acres located on the Deep River in Randolph County to protect the property from development, thereby improving water quality and to use it as a passive recreational destination for the county and the state.

Counties Impacted:

  • Randolph
  • Moore
  • Chatham
  • Lee

​The City of Randleman, along with several key partners, has preserved a large tract of open space along the Deep River that will help protect this watershed and provide passive recreational opportunities for generations to come.

-Nick Holcomb, City Manager

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Rockingham County, Madison, NC
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River Access on the Dan and Environmental Park
Rockingham County, Madison, NC

This project will provide needed river access on Dan River; riparian forest improvement & environmental education. By using BMPs for watershed protection, we will: acquire property, develop access & park, remove invasive vegetation, & plant native vegetation.

Counties Impacted:

  • Rockingham County

​This project will allow us to educate our youth on the natural resources that surround them through intrepretative signage. It will also provide easy access to the river for those who want to enjoy our pristine bodies of water.

- County Manager Lance Metzler

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The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, Danville, NC
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River Bank Fund (Dan River Basin Region)
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, Danville, NC

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) established the RiverBank Fund to support project that protect and revitalize the Dan River.

Counties Impacted:

  • Pittsylvania County in Virginia
  • Caswell County, NC

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City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC
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River Park Kayak Launch Improvement Project
City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC

The goal of the project is to expand public use of and access to the Catawba River, a 2008 designated Scenic River, by constructing an improved canoe/kayak launch at River Park, one of three river access points in York County, SC.

Counties Impacted:

  • York
  • Chester
  • Lancaster

​The River Park kayak launch serves over 700 elementary students as well as thousands of paddlers and tubers each year.  Parks, Recreation, and Tourism staff enjoy the additional security of the new ramp because it allows students to enter the creek without using the main river channel where the water can be quite fast. Also, it takes much less time for students to launch their boats , which allows students more time for kayaking and playing in the creek during field trips. Teachers have commented on how nice the new launch is for the students to be able to easily enter their boats, and provides a better place to watch the students in action.

-John Taylor, Director – City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

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Catawba County Parks, Conover, NC
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Riverbend Park - Lookout Shoals Lake - Public Use/ADA Accessible River Observation Platform
Catawba County Parks, Conover, NC

An engineered, concrete, ADA accessible river observation/fishing platform on Lookout Shoals Lake was built to allow visitors to enjoy and examine the outdoor natural habitat and wildlife from over the water. The platform was constructed to withstand future flooding events. Interpretative kiosks feature information on the construction of Oxford Dam, operational statistics of the dam today, and clean energy and good stewardship of our natural/cultural resources.

Counties Impacted:

  • Catawba County
  • Iredell County
  • Alexander County

​We extend our thanks to Duke Energy Foundation for assisting Catawba County in replacing the wooden deck and informational kiosks at Riverbend Park, which were destroyed in the flood of 2013. Park patrons used the previous deck for picnicking, fishing, and observing wildlife, and area schools used the deck as an outdoor science classroom. The new concrete replacement platform will help withstand future flooding events. The educational kiosks will help visitors understand the construction of adjacent Oxford Dam, the benefits of the dam, and ways the public can help protect the natural environment.

-Catawba County Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks

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City of Asheville, Asheville, NC
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Riverfront Redevelopment - French Broad River Educational Signage & Riparian Restoration Plan
City of Asheville, Asheville, NC

This project seeks to improve water quality and engage the community through development of a riparian restoration plan along the east bank greenway and creation of educational interpretive signage. 

Counties Impacted:

  • Buncombe
  • Madison County

​With help from the Duke Water Resources Fund, the City will be able to advance our community's goals to protect and improve our tree canopy to improve water quality and promote access to and use of the river for generations to come

- Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Office Director

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City of Danville Parks and Recreation, Danville, VA
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Riverwalk - Sandy River
City of Danville Parks and Recreation, Danville, VA

The goal of the Riverwalk-Sandy River trail is to extend Danville's greenway to provide access westward along the Dan River as described in the 2002 & 2011 master plans. It will be accomplished by installation of paved trail, a bridge and boardwalk.

Counties Impacted:

  • Pittsylvania County in Virginia
  • Caswell County, NC

​The Riverwalk Trail is a wonderful asset to the City of Danville. In addition to providing scenic recreational opportunities, the 11.7 mile greenway promotes interaction with the river, provides protection for its many ecosystems and creates a buffer between developed areas and the river to help filter runoff and reduce water pollution.  By giving people the opportunity to get close to the river, they are able to experience firsthand what impacts their actions have on natural landscapes and habitats, promoting environmental awareness.

-Emily Ragsdale, Facilities and Services Planner

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Rockingham County Community Foundation, Raleigh, NC
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Rockingham County Community Foundation
Rockingham County Community Foundation, Raleigh, NC

This project supported environmental and economic development projects in the Dan River Basin Region of North Carolina.

Counties Impacted:

  • Rockingham County

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Winyah Rivers Foundation, Georgetown, SC
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Rocky Point Community Forest
Winyah Rivers Foundation, Georgetown, SC

The Rocky Point Community Forest on the Black River in Georgetown County, SC protects 462-acres of coastal forested wetland and associated upland habitat and therefore protects water quality in the region. It is managed following a self sustaining forestry model geared towards protecting and restoring ecological health while providing public access and recreation opportunities to the surrounding communities.

Counties Impacted:

  • Georgetown County

​Winyah Rivers is very proud to be a partner in the effort to create and support this community asset, the first of its kind in the region.  Its unique modeling as a self sustaining community forest pairs sustainable forestry restoration and management with water quality protection through land protection. It also provides the critical connection between a community and its natural resources through public access to the Black River and opportunities for recreation and education. Water is life and we appreciate The Water Resource Fund's support of this innovative solution to water quality protection.

- Winyah Rivers Foundation's Board President Ron Hartman

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Rocky River Conservancy, Anderson, SC
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Rocky River Wetland Restoration
Rocky River Conservancy, Anderson, SC

Improve the water quality, quantity, plant and animal species in a 6-acre altered wetland by installing a solar powered water pump. Study and publicize the water quality, plant & animal species improvements. Install a kiosk documenting the project.

Counties Impacted:

  • Anderson County

​This project is in progress to enlarge the area of emergent wetland at the Rocky River Nature Park, that, in turn, will produce additional suitable habitat for water birds, aquatic invertebrates and fish.  Public and student use of the Park is already beginning to increase as a result of this and other improvements at the Park.

-Dr. Tom Kozel, Professor of Biology, Anderson University and Member of Executive Board, Rocky River Conservancy

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Wake County, Raleigh, NC
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Robertson's Mill Pond Preserve
Wake County, Raleigh, NC

Wake County seeks to open its first nature preserve at Robertson’s Mill Pond. The public will be able to canoe and kayak in the County’s only black water swamp and bald cypress habitat. This project supports construction of the Preserve.

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Cleveland Soil and Water Conservation District, Shelby, NC
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Sandy Run Farm Stewardship Project
Cleveland Soil and Water Conservation District, Shelby, NC

Three cattle producers, all located within 15 miles of the Cliffside Steam Plant, will fence cattle out of 10,000 linear feet of streams and creeks. The project will provide 75% of the cost for fencing, watering tanks, pipelines, and municpal taps.

Counties Impacted:

  • Cleveland County

​ The project successfully prevented around 100 cows from accessing Sandy Run and Beaver Dam creeks in southwestern Cleveland County.  Livestock is a major contributor to bacterial contamination in these creeks, and Sandy Run Creek had been classified as impaired because of high fecal coliform levels. The project fenced cows from accessing these streams and provided wells and ag taps to farmers as alternative water sources.

- Stephen Bishop, District Soil and Water Technician

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Mills River, NC
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Sitton Creek Protection and Restoration
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Mills River, NC

The goals of the project are to protect and enhance water quality in Sitton Creek, which flows to the North Mills River, a source of public water supply, and to expand public access and enjoyment by adding 178 new acres to Pisgah National Forest.

Counties Impacted:

  • Henderson
  • Buncombe

​Thanks to the support of the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund and other funders, the Sitton Creek Protection and Restoration project has added 177 acres to Pisgah National Forest, permanently conserved an additional 168 acres of adjoining private land, and protected over five miles of streams that supply clean drinking water to residents of Henderson and Buncombe counties.

- Kieran C. Roe, Executive Director

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Foothills Conservancy of NC, Connelly Springs, NC
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South Mountain Headwaters: Catawba Basin Watershed Protection Project
Foothills Conservancy of NC, Connelly Springs, NC

This project will permanently protect 2,213-acres of water supply watershed lands adjoining the South Mountains State Park at the headwaters of the Henry Fork & Jacob Fork rivers through fee acquisition by the land trust and state park, & management for public use.

Counties Impacted:

  • Burke County (directly)
  • Catawba
  • Lincoln
  • Gaston
  • Mecklenburg (indirectly)

​ Watershed protection in the Catawba River Basin is important for keeping our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes clean, and for maintaining abundant water supplies for all users.  A grant from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund was critical to the success of this partnership project between Foothills Conservancy and NC State Parks.

- Andrew Kota, Associate Director

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Sturgeon City of Jacksonville NC, Jacksonville, NC
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Sturgeon City Waterway and Wetland Education Program
Sturgeon City of Jacksonville NC, Jacksonville, NC

The project expands an effective land-based education program to nearby waterways. The inquiry-based, hands-on education targets youth & adults and creates an enduring volunteer monitoring program. Waterway educational kiosks expand the learning.

Counties Impacted:

  • Onslow County

The Sturgeon City Waterway and Wetland Education Program is increasing opportunities for area residents and students to get on the water. These hands-on experiences are one of the best ways to teach people the importance of our waterways and the role that they play in protecting them.

– Paula Farnell, Director of Development and Operations

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Community Services of Swain, Inc., Bryson City, NC
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Swain Riverfront Expanded Public Recreational Access Project
Community Services of Swain, Inc., Bryson City, NC

The goal of this project is to expand public use and access to waterways in the rural Swain County area through new river front access and user opportunities including a fishing, canoe, kayak, tubing, etc. access as well as other recreational/public usages.

Counties Impacted:

  • Swain County

​These public access areas will help promote the use of our river resources for recreation and education which in turn will increase the awareness of how important the health of the waterways is for all our generations and their responsibility to be good stewards

- Ken Mills, Execuitve Director

City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
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The Butterfly Branch Greenway
City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

The Butterfly Creek Trail will take an existing piped creek, Greenville Branch, and return the creek to it natural setting. The education piece of this project will provide greater awareness of plant/wildlife natural to the habitat.

Counties Impacted:

  • Cherokee
  • Union
  • Laurens 

The City is confident that this project will provide significant environmental benefits, including: improved aquatic and terrestrial habitats (e.g. more diverse and native plant, fish, macrophyte, and benthic macroinvertebrate communities), as well as significant ambient water quality improvements (e.g. temperature, sediment, fecal coliform and nutrient reductions; pH stabilization). It will also serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the City’s Northside: a highly distressed community which has suffered from poverty, high crime, blight, and disinvestment for decades.  The City, local partners, and Northside residents are committed to its comprehensive redevelopment.

-​Ed Memmott, City Manager

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Anderson County, SC, Pelzer, SC
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Timmerman Jr Access - ADA Accessible Floating Kayak Launch
Anderson County, SC, Pelzer, SC

This project provides inclusive and equal shoreline access to river recreation on the Saluda River and in the town of Pelzer, South Carolina. Located at the Timmerman Jr Boat Ramp, this Anderson County waterfront park expansion is 4 miles north of the W.S. Lee Power Station and represents one of three ADA accessible floating kayak launches along the 48-mile Upstate SC Blueway.  

Counties Impacted:

  • Abbeville
  • Anderson
  • Greenville
  • Greenwood
  • Laurens
  • Pickens

​Since our ribbon cutting ceremony in March 2017, the Timmerman Jr Access improvements have significantly increased activity and awareness on this portion of the Saluda River.  The increased sense of ownership from the local community will continue to grow, along with participation in water-quality and preservation activities by stakeholders such as kayakers, canoeists, anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, and property owners. We are deeply grateful to the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund for participating with us on this project.

– M. Cindy Wilson, Anderson County Council

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Town of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, NC
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Tory Hole Park Improvements
Town of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, NC

A 2013 park & recreation survey pointed to the need for passive recreation pursuits and improved access to water. This project directly addresses these needs,will improve quality of life for citizens and will promote awareness of natural resources.

Counties Impacted:

  • Balden County, NC

​This project will provide access directly to the NE Cape Fear River giving rise to educational opportunities that connect the importance of clean watersheds to Public drinking water protection.

- Rodney Fritz, Parks and Recreation Department

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Triangle J Council of Governments, Durham, NC
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Triangle Regional Drought Communication for Reliable Water Supplies
Triangle J Council of Governments, Durham, NC

Through this grant, TJCOG worked with local governments and water utilities across the Triangle to collaboratively develop common water supply metrics, consistent water use and water supply reporting, and best communication practices, which improved drought response in the Triangle Region. A project group of utilities, NC-DWR, and Duke Energy staff worked together to develop three regional water shortage communication framework reports as well as an online water supply portal.

Counties Impacted:

  • Chatham
  • Durham
  • Harnett
  • Johnston
  • Lee
  • Orange
  • Wake

​This project built upon several existing collaborations around the region that have been working on various aspects of water supply and water resources planning for the area, and have developed an intricate system of interconnectivity for sharing water during times of emergency. However, performing this assessment allowed all of the project participants to identify areas of improvement in each of their drought response communications and develop quicker, more robust, and more easily implementable strategies for utilizing this unique system. When the next drought strikes, the entire Triangle region will be far better prepared to respond and work together to be more resilient in the face of these challenges.

– Jen Schmitz, Principal Water Resources Planner - TJCOG

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Pickens County, Pickens, SC
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Twelvemile River Recreational Area in Pickens County, SC
Pickens County, Pickens, SC

The Twelvemile Recreation Area, located in a formerly distressed area of Pickens County, will allow citizens access to fishing, hiking, picnic areas, whitewater and flatwater paddling to this reestablished waterway while creating nearly 100 jobs.

This grant will help us better serve our community for years to come. We look forward to the long-term benefits of the Twelve Mile Recreation Area. We thank Duke Energy for its support and are eager to launch this project so that we can continue serving our local waterways.

- Roy Costner, Chairman of Pickens County Council

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Davidson College, Davidson, NC
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Understanding Connections between Discharge, Chemistry, and Ecology in First Order Piedmont Streams
Davidson College, Davidson, NC

This project examines the impact of water chemistry and quantity on aquatic ecosystems in first order streams of the Rocky River and McDowell watersheds by comparing stream properties with salamander and macroinvertebrate communities.

Counties Impacted:

  • Mecklenberg

​ Data from the project have been integrated directly into a number of courses here at Davidson College. We have presented the data when talking about stream behavior and flashiness in Environmental Science. Students have had the opportunity to work directly with the data in "Surface Geology and Landforms" and "Data Visualization." Five students have chosen to do their senior theses related to the project and we expect a number of journal articles to come out of the project. Lastly, we have done outreach into the community to share our findings with children in the community.

- Patricia Hoke, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Land of Sky Regional Council, Durham, NC
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Water Conservation in the Neuse and Haw River Basins through Hands-on Water Efficiency Assessments
Land of Sky Regional Council, Durham, NC

To help extend supply capacity, water efficiency assessments will be conducted by the Waste Reduction Partners team for organizations with the highest water use in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors in the Haw and Neuse watersheds.

Counties Impacted:

  • Durham
  • Wake
  • Orange
  • Johnston
  • Chatham

​This project offers no-cost water efficiency assessments of large water consumers in the Triangle region.  Fostering demand-site management strategies in industrial and commercial sectors is an important tool for long-term water resources stewardship.

-Tom Kimmell, Water Manager, Waste Reduction Partners

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Catawba Lands Conservancy, Jacksonville, NC
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Waxhaw Creek Conservation Area
Catawba Lands Conservancy, Jacksonville, NC

This project includes conservation projects along Waxhaw Creek, which serves as a habitat for the federally endangered Carolina heelsplitter, a species of freshwater mussel.

Counties Impacted:

  • Union County

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Trout Unlimited, Arlington, VA
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Western North Carolina Aquatic Connectivity Project
Trout Unlimited, Arlington, VA

The goal of this project is to complete aquatic organism passage restoration projects on strategic coldwater streams for the long-term viability of brook trout and other aquatic species through the removal or replacement of culverts that block fish passage.

Counties Impacted:

  • AVERY COUNTY
  • TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
  • JACKSON COUNTY

​Wild and native brook trout are keystone species in North Carolina's mountain streams and they will not survive without clean, cold water. This project reconnects trout with nine more miles of high quality stream baitat, helping to ensure that these fish, so essential to stream health, will reamin viable over the long term. Trout Unlimted is working throughout the southern Appalachians with public and private partners to replicate the successes that Duke Water Resources Fund has enabled this year. Stay tuned-more source water protection, restoration and reconnection to come!

- Andy Brown, Trout Unlimited’s Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager

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Duke Energy is proud to support the countless water stewards in our communities who are implementing innovative projects that protect our natural resources. In 2014, we established the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million, multiyear commitment to leave a lasting impact on our region’s waterways by expanding nonprofit partnerships and enhancing the environments where families live, play and work.

Since the Fund’s inception, Duke Energy has supported 73 projects in the Carolinas and Virginia with more than $6 million in grants. These projects have improved water quality, quantity and conservation, enhanced habitats, expanded public use and access and educated community members about their role in protecting water resources.

We encourage you to learn more about our local communities’ efforts to protect and restore our waterways and how you can support their efforts. Click here to learn more about the Fund and how you can apply for a grant.