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Strict Enforcement to Begin on Duke Energy-Owned Islands May 5, 2008

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Local law enforcement agencies will begin patrolling Duke Energy-owned islands in lakes along the Catawba-Wateree River basin.  Citations will be issued to anyone in violation of island use parameters.

Those parameters allow daytime use of the islands.  Nighttime use (i.e. between sunset and sunrise) of any island is strictly prohibited.  In the interest of protecting these natural resources, the following activities are not allowed, at any time, on the islands:

  • Erecting permanent structures
  • Building fires 
  • Littering
  • Removal of vegetation

“The islands are an important natural resource and everyone is encouraged to share the responsibility of protecting them,” said Joe Hall, Duke Energy lake services director.
“We are increasing patrol activities to protect the islands so that they can be enjoyed today and by future generations.” 

The islands along the Catawba-Wateree are open to the public for fishing and other approved activities during daylight hours. “However, camping has long been prohibited, and we want to ensure the islands are used appropriately for public recreation.” Hall said.

The islands referenced in this news release are only those managed by Duke Energy in the Catawba-Wateree Project.

Any questions relating to the proper use of these islands should be directed to Duke Energy’s lake services at 1-800-443-5193.

Duke Energy's Carolinas’ operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 21,000 megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 2.3 million electric customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. The company has approximately 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

Contact: Lindy Atwell
Phone: 704-875-5606
24-Hour Phone: 704-382-8333

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