Aquatic Protection

As the following list demonstrates, we work hard to reduce the impact of our operations on aquatic life:

  • At the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport, N.C., which draws water from the lower Cape Fear River, a large fish-diversion fence is located at the mouth of the intake canal. This has resulted in an approximate 85 to 99% reduction in the number of fish impinged during 2011, compared to baseline numbers.
  • The Crystal River Mariculture Center is a multi-species marine hatchery established to offset the potential impacts of energy production on marine life at the Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County, Fla. Since 1991, the hatchery has cultivated and released more than 4.1 million fish and crustaceans into Gulf of Mexico waters, becoming one of the most successful marine-stocking programs in Florida. In 2014, center biologists also started growing freshwater eelgrass, providing more than 8 million individual plants for various springs and lake restoration projects. This native freshwater plant limits destructive algae from growing, acts as a filter improving water quality and provides food and shelter for fish and wildlife.
  • We partnered with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to upgrade its sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.
  • We are a long-time partner in the Robust Redhorse Conservation Committee, a voluntary conservation partnership formed to help recovery and conservation of the robust redhorse fish. This is a rare species of sucker fish native to large Atlantic slope rivers in the Carolinas and Georgia.
  • A Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) for the Sicklefin Redhorse (Moxostoma sp.) has been developed (2016) as a cooperative and collaborative effort among Duke Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, tribal, state, federal agencies and other nongovernmental organizations to establish a formal agreement to cooperate on actions that conserve, manage and improve Sicklefin Redhorse populations in western North Carolina and adjacent Georgia. The goal of this CCA is to preclude the need to list the species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). This CCA is voluntary and adaptive in nature, and it has been developed so that different conservation and management actions can be agreed to and implemented.

"We work hard to reduce the impact of our operations on aquatic life."

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