Riparian Enhancement Fund
Get these notices at work. Figured I'd pst here and see if anyone here wanted to pass onto a local TU or other conservation groups in the are that might have an interest.
Greetings! The Duke Energy Riparian Enhancement Fund Advisory Board requests proposals that enhance or protect riparian habitat and/or educate citizens about the importance of riparian habitat. The geographic scope of this proposal includes portions of the Hiwassee and Little Tennessee watersheds. Proposals may be submitted by universities, non-profit organizations, local, state, federal or Tribal agencies, individuals, or corporations. Fund requests should not exceed $20,000.
The proposal deadline is April 11, 2014. Please see the attached press release for more information. The proposal form and criteria can be found on the Duke Energy website here: http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/hydroelectric-relicensing.asp <http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/hydroelectric-relicensing.asp>
Contact: Lisa Hoffmann
24-Hour media line: 800.559.3853
March 12, 2014
Duke Energy Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund requests proposals
Riparian: (adj.) Of, relating to, or situated on the banks of a river.
GLENVILLE, N.C. – The Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund Advisory Board is requesting proposals for riparian habitat enhancement projects in the watershed and tailwaters of Duke Energy’s Nantahala Area hydroelectric projects.
The Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund results from a commitment Duke Energy made as part of relicensing the company’s hydroelectric projects in the Nantahala region. The fund is worth more than $125,000.
Riparian enhancement/protection projects will be considered that are located in the watersheds of the following dams:
Mission Dam on the Hiwassee River
Nantahala Dam on the Nantahala River
White Oak Dam on White Oak Creek
Queens Creek Dam on Queens Creek
Franklin Dam on the Little Tennessee River
Bryson Dam on the Oconaluftee River
Former Dillsboro Dam on the Tuckasegee River
Glenville and Tuckasegee dams on the West Fork Tuckasegee River
Cedar Cliff, Bear, Tanasee and Wolf Creek dams on the East Fork Tuckasegee River
In addition, riparian enhancement/protection projects on the main stem rivers downstream of these dams to the first Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir will be considered. Riparian education projects must also benefit citizens who live in one or more of the focal areas described above.
Proposals for funding should be focused on restoring riparian habitat by protecting or enhancing fish or wildlife habitat directly, or educating landowners or school children about the importance of healthy riparian areas for fish and wildlife.
Proposals will be circulated to advisory board members for individual ranking based on criteria such as long-term impact, direct benefits to riparian resources, broad support for
the project (demonstrated by co-funding), creativity, and the ability to show measurable results.
Proposals may request up to $20,000 and project duration should be limited to three years or less. The advisory board will recommend proposals for funding and will recommend a funding amount to Duke Energy. The final decision to award any grants lies with Duke Energy.
The deadline to submit proposals is April 11, 2014. Download the proposal form, criteria and map here: http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/nantahala/hydroelectric-relicensing.asp
Continuous support of the Nantahala region
Duke Energy continues to fulfill the commitments made in its 2003 license agreements, including adding a total of nine Tuckasegee River access areas and a canoe portage around Cullowhee Dam.
The company is providing 150 acres of land upstream of Wolf Creek Dam to the U.S. Forest Service to enhance public recreation and protect native brook trout habitat.
From April through October each year, Duke Energy schedules hydro station generation for several hours each day in the Tuckasegee River to create public paddling, rafting and fishing opportunities.
Seven days each year, regularly scheduled water releases from Lake Glenville into the old riverbed provide high-skill boating opportunities.
Continuous minimum flows enhance stream habitat in the popular Delayed-Harvest trout waters.
The company has created a parking area, trail and downstream takeout area to improve access to this area.
The license agreements also provide almost $900,000 in funding for Nantahala area resource enhancement initiatives related to public recreation, fisheries and stream-side habitat, and soil and water conservation.
These public recreation and environmental enhancements support the ecotourism so vital to the economic health of Western North Carolina.