Last week the State of South Carolina issued the final permit that Duke Energy needed before the federal government could issue them a new license for operating their dams. With a new license now expected sometime this year, paddlers can start gearing up for some big changes in the Catawba Watershed including new conservation opportunities, access areas, water releases, and stream gages.
Last week Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff released their draft analysis of the proposed
management of a string of dams on North and South Carolina's Catawba River. FERC has announced
public meetings at which the public can offer their comments and learn more about the
project. FERC has largely supported the settlement agreement that AW signed with Duke Power
and dozens of other stakeholders.