Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP)
The Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP) is a cooperative initiative by Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The HEP was developed during the relicensing of the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project to provide an effective means of allowing continued private recreational access while providing meaningful habitat creation, enhancement and protection activities for fish and wildlife adjacent to the Catawba-Wateree River and its reservoirs.
As part of the habitat management strategy, a "Habitat Enhancement Fund" has been set up to provide for habitat enhancement activities. This fund is supported through fees charged to property owners who want to build private piers and residential marina owners wishing to build multiple slip piers in Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project reservoirs, and from contributions by Duke Energy. These funds are awarded to successful applicants through a competitive proposal process. Any government agency or tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or any individual working through a tax-exempt organization may apply for funding. The HEP will consider funding any type of project that meets the above objectives.