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Duke Energy awards grants to protect waterways

Staff Report //February 28, 2018//

Duke Energy awards grants to protect waterways

Staff Report //February 28, 2018//

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Four organizations in South Carolina are getting more than $330,000 in grants from Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs. The organizations are part of a larger group of 13 across North Carolina and South Carolina getting more than $900,000 in grants.

The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local organizations continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states, according to a news release.

"Our communities and regional economies are powered by the rivers and waterways that these projects will support," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president, in the release. "We are committed to work alongside these 13 organizations to ensure future generations enjoy the benefits of our waterways."

The four grant recipients in South Carolina are:

  • City of Rock Hill Cotton Mill Stream Restoration – $100,000 to restore eroded Cotton Mill stream banks to improve water quality and enhance the plant, fish and wildlife habitat
  • Ducks Unlimited Inc. Santee National Wildlife Refuge Bluff Unit – $75,000 to enhance the publicly accessible 726-acre wetland complex, including the Dingle Pond, at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge Bluff Unit
  • Kalmia Gardens —  Stormwater Best Management Practice Benefiting Black Creek – $77,500 to reduce the pollution load entering Black Creek from a 300-acre urban watershed while restoring site ecologies and implementing a regenerative stormwater conveyance system
  • Open Space Institute Land Trust Black River Conservation Corridor: Enhancing Conservation, Habitat Connectivity and Public Access – $86,000 to protect critical land in the Black River Conservation Corridor and improve public access.

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