Thursday, May 28, 2009

Feds to Duke: Take care of the Catawba, or everyone loses

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Proving that the decisions we make today will affect tomorrow's generations ...

Federal regulators are pushing Duke Energy to do more to protect the Catawba River's environment as a years-long process to renew its hydroelectric license nears an end.

Among their recommendations is that Duke buy back undeveloped portions of its 1,700 miles of shoreline and enforce a protective 50-foot-wide buffer along the waterfront.

Duke says new license terms the government has proposed would cost tens of millions of dollars and jeopardize commitments it has made for recreation and conservation across the Catawba basin.

Stakes are high for both Duke and the public. The 225-mile, 11-reservoir Catawba is one of the nation's largest hydro projects, and terms hammered out now will guide its management for decades.


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