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December 17, 2010

Trustee Council finalizes S.C. Recreational Fishing Compensation Plan

The Trustee Council for the Lake Hartwell PCB settlement, which includes Georgia Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina Governors Office, United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, have recently finalized the South Carolina Recreational Fishing Compensation Plan.

The Compensation Plan outlines how the remaining PCB settlement funds from Schlumberger Technology Corporation will be spent on recreation enhancement projects for Lake Hartwell and surrounding areas.

In total, $6,885,000 was divided amongst seven projects. This included monitoring, stream restoration projects, fish habitat enhancement, public access/fishing piers, Hartwell Tailrace fishing access, Green Pond Event Center, and the Easley Central Dam sediment characterization study. Remaining unobligated funds will be evaluated following the conclusion of the sediment characterization study. Funds were allocated to the seven selected projects as illustrated in the following table:

Project Identifier - Allocation

Projects were selected by the Trustee Council based on how well they met project criteria and comments received from the public. The funds are to be spent on projects that compensate the public for losses of recreational fishing services that occurred as a result of the PCB contamination.

Additionally, the Trustee Council solicited nearly 3,000 public comments through an online survey posted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and a public meeting held in Anderson County on Nov. 17, 2009.

More information about each of these projects can be found online at the DNR publications page.

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