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Cultural Resources

The Catawba-Wateree Project area has been inhabited by humans for more than 12,000 years. Evidence of the presence of the region’s inhabitants includes arrow heads, potsherds, foundations and old chimneys. All of these resources, generally referred to as cultural resources, provide clues about our history and prehistory.

The 1996 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order approving Duke Energy’s Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) called for Duke Energy to work with the North and South Carolina State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) to ensure cultural resources are treated appropriately. Activities completed to date include the development of an historic context Geographical Information System (GIS) database of all known archaeological and historic sites within the project and modification of Duke Energy’s Lake Management’s review process.

Duke Energy is currently surveying lands within the Catawba-Wateree Project to identify significant archaeological and historic sites. Ultimately, an Historic Properties Management Plan will be created to explain how cultural resources will be managed within the project area.

What to do if you find an archaeological or historic site:

Duke Energy is committed to protecting irreplaceable archaeological and historic resources. Interfering with archaeological and historic artifacts destroys the information provided by these remnants of past inhabitants’ lives. So, Duke Energy does not allow any artifact collecting on its property, including the lakebed. Interfering with burial remains and associated grave goods on any land, private or public, is also illegal.

Duke Energy complies with the guidelines contained in the Programmatic Agreement (PA) for Cultural Resources when evaluating lake use applications. Any lake use applicant should be aware of the following:

  • Applicants who discover historic or archaeological resources during construction of an approved activity must stop work immediately and contact Duke Energy Lake Management.
  • Applicants for lake use permits in areas with a high probability for archaeological and historical sites may be required to conduct additional consultation with the SHPO.

If you see anyone digging on archaeological sites, please notify your local law enforcement personnel. If you suspect that you have discovered a grave site on Duke Energy property, please contact Duke Energy’s Lake Management office at 1-800-829-5253 immediately.