WILMINGTON, N.C. – Duke Energy today issued the following statement on the creation of the Cape Fear River Restoration and Preservation Fund. The fund will be used to protect water quality and the health of the Lower Cape Fear River, Sutton Lake, their tributaries and associated wetlands. Duke Energy will provide $1 million to the fund, and will match up to $250,000 from other sources contributed.
Establishment of the fund also resolves a lawsuit by advocacy groups related to Sutton Lake, which was created as an industrial cooling pond for the Sutton Plant and for recreational fishing.
Duke Energy is pleased to make a $1 million investment in the Cape Fear region to promote the ongoing quality and health of public waterways in the area.
More than three decades of sampling using well accepted scientific techniques and hundreds of thousands of fish observations demonstrates that water quality in Sutton Lake remains good, with trace elements within state water quality standards. Fish populations are thriving, healthy and safe to eat. We also routinely sample water quality in the Cape Fear River, which continues to be good with no concerns for fish or other aquatic life.
We remain committed to safely closing ash basins across the state in ways that protect the public, the environment and the costs our customers pay.
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