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Duke license on LNMC agenda

The Lake Norman Marine Commission is fine tuning its recommendations for the Duke Power relicensing process.
An update will be given at the next Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11.
“We are getting the data together and are making sure everybody agrees to it,” said Bob Elliott, executive director of the commission.
Duke Power is relicensing its 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 reservoirs on the Catawba River. The operations of these hydro stations, and the lakes that support them, are licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the Catawba-Wateree Project.
The Catawba-Wateree Project hydro stations are licensed under a single license. The current license was issued in 1958 and will expire in 2008.
Some of the concerns about the lake are the lake level, recreational opportunities, public access, development and fish quality.
Shoreline management is also a concern.
Duke Power has completed an updated Shoreline Management Plan for the Catawba-Wateree river system.
This plan, which has been submitted to the FERC for approval, is designed to balance the many competing demands on the river’s shoreline including the environment, recreation and cultural aspects.
The plan includes present and future uses of project lands and waters, a study of future recreational needs, and maps of the reservoirs, which locate environmentally sensitive shoreline areas.
The Marine Commission will also have an update on the hydrilla and the amount of sterile grass carp that is needed for the lake. The Marine Commission meets at the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 by Amy Wadsworth

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