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Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration meeting scheduled for Feb. 6

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge on mainland Hyde County. Photo by Peter Vankevich

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge on mainland Hyde County. Photo by Peter Vankevich

The third of a series of public meetings on a watershed restoration plan for Lake Mattamuskeet will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the the Hyde County Services Center, Swan Quarter.

These meetings aim to develop a blueprint for how to best address water quality and flooding issues that affect nearby landowners as well as impacts to the lake’s fish and wildlife.

At the Feb. 6 meeting, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will present a timeline of lake and watershed changes and review the web-based resource called a story map that details the lake’s history, current uses and areas of concern. There also will be an update on the draft goals for the plan that have been developed by the stakeholder committee.

The public will have the opportunity to give comments, ask questions and to offer ideas on what measures could be taken to restore the lake watershed.

The planning process, facilitated by the federation, began last summer and is to be completed this fall.

When completed, this plan will explain how the lake should and does function, outline its current status and health, and will identify various practical management options for the lake watershed that will help address water quality and flooding issues. These goals and action-items will be informed by scientific studies as well as local knowledge and experiences.

Future meetings will be held on May 8, July 10 and Sept. 18.

Questions about the watershed restoration plan can be directed to Erin Fleckenstein, coastal scientist for the federation’s Wanchese office, at 252-473-1607.

In the event of bad weather, please check the Lake Mattamuskeet website or call Fleckenstein.

Feb. 6, 2018, Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Meeting Agenda

7 p.m. Welcome

7:05 p.m. Update on Stakeholder Progress- Erin Fleckenstein, N.C. Coastal Federation

 Overview of Final Draft Goals for Plan

7:10 p.m. Briefing on Joint Meeting of TWG-Stakeholders- Bill Rich

7:20 p.m. Story Map overview- Coastal Federation

7:40 p.m. Characterizing the Watershed- Coastal Federation

 Updated Land use Maps

 Timeline of Lake Watershed Changes

8 p.m. Next Steps of Plan Development- Erin Fleckenstein

8:05 p.m. Public Input- Ideas of what to do for the lake

8:20 p.m. Question and Comment Period

8:30 p.m. Adjourn