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Natural Resources Leadership Institute: Building Leadership for Hydropower Relicensing in the Carolinas

North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $45,680
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–March 31, 2004
  • Location Raleigh, NC, United States
  • Geographic Focus North Carolina, South Carolina

About this grant

By 2006, the Duke Power Company will file an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to renew its license, which expires in 2008, to operate 13 hydropower dams on the 225 mile-long Catawba-Wateree river system in North and South Carolina. The new license will remain in effect for 30-50 years. The power produced by the river system accounts for more than 10 percent of Duke’s generating capacity. In addition to being an important power source, the river system has many ecological, cultural and recreational values. The way in which the dams are managed will profoundly affect these and other values.Funding will support a leadership development project for a diverse group of 30-40 stakeholders from throughout the Catawba-Wateree river basin. Multiday workshops will enable participants to build trust, develop the knowledge and skills necessary to craft stable agreements, understand the process and discuss ways to construct an agreement. The goal of the project is to prepare stakeholders to participate in a collaborative process to relicense the hydropower facilities.North Carolina Agricultural Foundation was established in 1944 to aid and promote all types of education and research in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.