"Since the accident at our Dan River site, we've worked hard to strengthen our operations and to make things right - fixing the leak, cleaning the river and making sure the water quality remains safe," said Lynn Good, Duke Energy 's Chief Executive Officer. "We have a long history of protecting the environment and doing the right thing for the customers and communities we serve. Our ongoing work and support of the Water Resources Fund are demonstrations of our commitment."
Approximately $500,000 will be used to address water quality, encourage new development, improve cleanliness, increase access and promote the Dan River Basin Region.
"This park served as a home-base for some of our coal ash cleanup efforts along the Dan River, and this investment makes good on our promise to the citizens of Danville to leave the park in better shape than before our work began," said Paul Newton, Duke Energy State President - North Carolina.
Other projects include:
- $15, 000 for graduate-level courses at Clemson University for K-12 that explore interrelationships of energy production, water and the environment;
- $50,000 for conservation projects along Waxhaw Creek in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina;
- $45,000 to install environmental kiosks at the City of Asheville, North Carolina;
- $60,000 for two projects that will transform 450 acres into nature preserves along Onslow County, North Carolina;
- $75,000 to provide middle school students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities through one of UNCW's Watson College of Education's outreach programs;
Funding decisions will be made by the Water Resources Fund committee that represents Duke Energy and external environmental experts including: Dr. Jeff Allen, director, S.C. Water Resources Center; Cari Boyce, vice president, Environmental and Energy Policy, Duke Energy; Barry Gullet, director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities; Steve Jester, vice president, Water Strategy, Hydro Licensing and Lake Services, Duke Energy; Dr. Elizabeth Johns, owner, BunRab Enterprises; Dr. Ken Reckhow, professor emeritus, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; and Dr. Ann M. Stoeckmann, professor and department chair, Biology, Francis Marion University
The five eligible states are North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.