HYDE COUNTY — A virtual meeting is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 15 on the latest efforts associated with the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission representatives will speak on ongoing monitoring efforts during the meeting. Geosyntec Consultants and Coastal Protection Engineering representatives and East Carolina University undergraduate engineering students will also be on hand to discuss conceptual engineering designs, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, hosts of the meeting, announced Monday.
The county, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formed a partnership in 2017 and contracted the federation to help develop a watershed restoration plan for Lake Mattamuskeet, which had been experiencing declining water quality and elevated water levels.
The state Department of Environmental Quality on Aug. 7, 2019, approved the plan to address both poor water quality within the lake and chronic and persistent flooding on the surrounding landscape. The approval followed an 18-month planning process that included stakeholder and public engagement. Three grants were awarded in 2020 to implement the plan.