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Public meeting for Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration scheduled for Oct. 16

Lake Mattamuskeet. Photo: P. Vannkevich

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SWAN QUARTER — The fifth and final public meeting about the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) in the Hyde County Government building, Swan Quarter. 

Attendees will review the priority actions for the watershed plan, as determined by the stakeholder team. Technical presentations and research updates will also be included on the meeting agenda available here.

The goal of the watershed restoration plan is to provide a blueprint for how to best address water quality and flooding concerns within the lake watershed. The quarterly public meetings are designed to involve the public in the development of the plan.

The draft plan is now available and can be viewed here. Attendees are encouraged to review this draft prior to the meeting. The majority of the meeting will outline the three priority actions of the plan. Members of the stakeholder team and research scientists will present technical information that helps to explain why these priority actions have been chosen.

The end of the meeting will allow for discussion between the attendees, presenters and stakeholder team about the priority actions that are being evaluated. Written comments will be collected at the meeting. People who are interested in providing review of the plan, but are unable to attend the meeting, can submit their comments online via the comment section of nccoast.org/lakemattamuskeet.

All comments must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

All the comments received will be considered by the stakeholder team, which will decided which priority actions will be included in the plan.

The final plan will be presented at a public symposium on Dec. 3 at Martelle’s Feed House in Englehard.

More information about the plan and its development can be found at nccoast.org/lakemattamuskeet. This web page is updated regularly. Interested community members can also leave comments and sign up for a mailing list to receive email updates.

Questions about the watershed restoration plan can be directed to Erin Fleckenstein, coastal scientist for the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Wanchese office, at 252-473-1607. In the event of severe weather, the meetings will be rescheduled and community members can call that number or check the website for more information.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation, with offices in Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach, is a nonprofit membership organization that works to keep the coast of North Carolina a great place to live, work and play. Through a variety of programs and partnerships, the federation provides for clean coastal waters and habitats, advocates to protect the coast and teaches and informs people about the coast and what they can do to protect it.

To learn more, please visit nccoast.org or call 252-393-8185.

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