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November 11, 2010

Public input sought on Catawba Scenic River management

The Catawba Scenic River Charrette will focus on gathering public support and consensus on how to best manage the 30-mile stretch of the Catawba Scenic River. The charrette is an intense final effort to build on the recommendations and accomplishments of the 1994 Catawba River Corridor Management Plan as well as the 20 year framework for support of the Catawba River developed as part of the FERC Relicensing Agreement. The input from the charrette will form the basis for a revised management plan for the Catawba River.

The charrette will solicit public input that supports the mission of the Catawba Scenic River Advisory Council (CSRAC) specifically focused on conserving the scenic character of the river and providing a sustainable future that represents a viable balance for the river. As part of the charrette sessions, the CSRAC will provide a summary of what has been accomplished through the 1994 Catawba River Corridor Management Plan and what the Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement will accomplish in the coming years following the issuance of the new FERC license for the dams on the Catawba River.

Numerous entities, both governmental and non-governmental, have worked independently and together over many years to build consensus on protecting the river; however, the scenic river designation provides a new voice in river management on the Catawba. The scenic river management plan seeks to coordinate all of the many interests of the Catawba River into a unified voice for stewardship that conserves the scenic character of the Catawba River and to provide a sustainable future that represents a viable balance for the river and her people. By understanding what has been done and what is planned for the next 20 years, the scenic river management plan can define tangible efforts to encourage the entities with a management interest in the Catawba River to support and enhance the Catawba Scenic River through a variety of mechanisms including land use regulations, zoning, infrastructure plans, capital improvement projects, and cultural and economic development activities, as well as continuing the many stewardship practices ongoing in the river corridor.

A thirty mile stretch of the Catawba River is part of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Scenic Rivers program.

Charrette Schedule - Public Sessions

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