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 multispecies marine hatchery established to offset the impacts of cooling water systems used at our Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County, Fla. The center cultures marine species for release into the Gulf of Mexico. Since opening in 1991, the center has released to local coastal waters more than 2.7 million spotted sea trout, red drum and shrimp juveniles.
  • 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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