The grant is part of a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy.
“This grant will help us improve 726 acres of publicly accessible wetland complexes at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge,” said James Rader, manager of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited, in a news release. “Duke Energy's support helps Ducks Unlimited conserve waterfowl habitat and protect local waterways.”
The grant will partially fund work on the Bluff Unit and Dingle Pond Unit of the Santee NWR. These units are on the north shore of Lake Marion and are open for public use including fishing, birding, hiking, wildlife photography and hunting. Infrastructure improvements will increase water quality, quantity and conservation while providing habitat for wildlife.
“The rivers and waterways that power our regional economies are an essential resource that unites us all,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. “We are proud to support the important work of Ducks Unlimited, which will have a lasting impact on South Carolina's waterways.”
The total project cost will exceed $880,000. Along with Duke Energy and Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council are project partners.