The Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2503) is a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydroelectric Project that consists of the Keowee and Jocassee developments in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. Within the past five years there has been significant interest in residential development along the Project shoreline of Lake Keowee. Large tracts of property with significant amounts of shoreline have been purchased for development of residential communities on Lake Keowee. Lake Jocassee is the second and smaller development of the Keowee-Toxaway Project and is set in the mountains of South Carolina and a small portion within North Carolina. By contrast, Lake Jocassee and the surrounding land are relatively undeveloped and consist primarily of a natural forested shoreline included within the Jocassee Gorges - a state natural area. Because of the difference in development and private access interests between the two developments within the Keowee-Toxaway Project, Duke Energy chose to focus attention in 2006 to the development of a comprehensive Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Lake Keowee, which was approved by FERC on May 25, 2007. Duke Energy is now in the process of developing an SMP for Lake Jocassee.
The Lake Jocassee Shoreline Management Plan (Jocassee SMP) includes an array of data including, but not limited to:
- Complete Jocassee SMP Executive Summary
- 2005 digital orthographic aerial photography
- Shoreline Classification Maps and Lake Use Restrictions
- Shoreline Management Guidelines
- Consultation Material
- Process for challenges to shoreline classifications
- Structure Renovation Process
- Examples of Private Facility, Shoreline Stabilization and Excavation program permit applications
- Lake construction contractor list
- Riparian zone management information
- Shoreline Stabilization Technique Selection Process (SSTSP)
- Regional general permits from NCCOE
- Recreation Use and Needs (RUN) study
- Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) lake use permit consultation process
The development of the Jocassee SMP has followed closely and relied heavily upon the lessons learned by the Licensee in development of shoreline management plans for other FERC projects and developments including: Keowee-Toxaway Project (Lake Keowee (2006)), Catawba-Wateree Project (1994, 2001 and 2006), Tuckasegee East Fork, Tuckasegee West Fork and Nantahala Projects (2003), and the Buzzardís Roost Project (Lake Greenwood (2001)). The Jocassee SMP follows closely the model used for development of the shoreline classifications, criteria and lake use restrictions that are an integral part of the SMP classification maps developed for these other Projects and developments. Likewise, the developments that comprise the Keowee-Toxaway Project and the Catawba-Wateree Project have consistently had similar permitting guidelines to regulate the many construction, stabilization and excavation requests made by property owners who adjoin the Project boundary of these reservoirs. These guidelines and the criteria within each of the permitting programs have evolved over the past 20-plus years since implementation of both Projects.
The development of an SMP for Lake Jocassee will allow Duke Energy to effectively evaluate and regulate uses within the Project. Likewise, as Licensee, Duke Energy has recognized the need to better understand the recreation demands that are placed upon the Project and its ability to absorb those often competing demands. The need to develop an SMP for Lake Jocassee will also allow the Licensee to more effectively understand and evaluate any future requests for use of the Project for the construction and utilization of lake access facilities along the 92.4 miles of shoreline of Lake Jocassee. While Duke Energy continues to evaluate lake use requests for private access by individual adjoining property owners, Duke Energy does not consider non-Project Use applications for multi-slip Residential Marina and Commercial Marina facilities on Lake Jocassee. All applicants on Lake Jocassee are required to get individual permits from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The Licensee, therefore, respectfully requests the Commission accept the Jocassee SMP as an adequate plan to allow continued public and private access to the Project while protecting the Projectís scenic, recreational, cultural and environmental values.