Public invited to hear update on Lake Mattamuskeet watershed restoration

[NC Coastal Federation]

Whether you live or farm within the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed, or visit the lake because you love to fish, hunt, or enjoy viewing waterfowl and wildlife, you are invited to attend the upcoming public meeting to learn and ask questions about the latest actions underway to restore the lake.

A public meeting will take place on September 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will provide an overview of the latest work underway towards implementing the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan, which was adopted in 2018 for the purposes of restoring the lake’s water quality and reducing flooding throughout the watershed.

This meeting is being held in person at the Hyde County Government Complex in Swan Quarter, however, a link to virtual access will also be provided for those wishing to tune in remotely from the comfort of their homes.

Engineers from Geosyntec Consultants will provide an overview of the original goals and objectives of the watershed-scale model and update attendees on results from their analysis of two engineering alternatives (1) examining sheet flow sites and (2) gravity-drained canals to drainage districts – that were selected in 2021 as preferred alternatives by a team of core stakeholders and the Hyde County Board of Commissioners.

Furthermore, the consultants will provide updates on the work being completed to date along Outfall Canal, including the collection of topographic and bathymetric data, sediment characterization and analysis, and sediment management options.

Staff from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide updates about ongoing monitoring efforts within the lake and review the details of the carp removal project. Additionally, staff from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina School of Government will present an overview of their research examining long-term funding strategies for financing the operations and maintenance of infrastructure associated with actively managing water levels at Lake Mattamuskeet.

To view the meeting details on virtual accessibility, please visit this link. The approved watershed restoration plan and materials from past public meetings and for this upcoming meeting can be found at: Interested community members and stakeholders can also sign-up for future email updates and leave comments via this project webpage. Please contact Alyson Flynn with any questions at: