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Thinking of digging? Check out this PSA

Thinking of digging? Check out this PSA from Duke before grabbing the shovel.

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It’s Fall, but are You Ready for Spring?

Chirping birds, budding blossoms, the last chill of winter chased by warm rays of sun.  All of these signal spring, and the start of boating season for the Upstate.  For many homeowners on the lake this may mean it’s time to start planning for a new dock.  This is also the time hopeful owners learn that dock-building and permitting is a months-long, detailed process.  For those ready to enjoy a new when the last frost melts, the time to start planning is now.  Kroeger’s dock production is scheduled months out from today.  That means docks purchased and permitted this fall will be built and installed this winter or spring.  Waiting could mean adding months more to the process, cutting into precious recreation time next year.  Give yourself a head start by giving us a call at (864) 882-7671 and let’s make sure you will be ready to go.  If you’re interested in the dock-building process, check out our timeline below:Our Design Process (2)

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ICYMI: Kroeger Marine Construction Recognized by Seneca Rotary Club

2016-ballenger-award-winner-768x576Seneca, SC – On November 4, Seneca Rotary Club recognized Kroeger Marine Construction with the G-W Ballenger Award.  The Award is the highest honor given to local businesses  that have displayed stewardship in economic leadership and development in the community.

In 1985, Dave and Sarah Kroeger created Kroeger Marine Construction, a small family business serving the communities of Lake Keowee, Hartwell, Jocassee, Thurmond and Bowen.  Kroeger Marine Construction became Oconee’s first barge business to follow erosion control methods and patented a dock access ladder for those with physical handicaps.

Dave was raised in Hebron, Ohio and entered the Coast Guard where he was stationed between Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii.  After his service, Dave moved to Seneca, South Carolina to be closer to his family.  He kicked off his career in real estate where he learned about the need for safer and easier access to the water.  Utilizing his skills, Dave started Kroeger Marine Construction which has excelled for over 30 years, offering unmatched experience and quality.

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In Case You Missed It: Residents on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee Can Modify Docks to Reach Deeper Water

Last month, Duke Energy released the following announcement:

SENECA, S.C. – Eligible property owners on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee have until Dec. 31, 2020, to apply for dock modifications to reach deeper water.

The program allows dock owners to proactively make permanent modifications to ensure a dock’s usability when lake levels may be lower, such as during an extended drought.

There are no fees to apply during a one-year special period between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017.  Applications submitted before Jan. 1, 2017, or after Dec. 31, 2017, will require the permitting fee and Habitat Enhancement Program payment at that time.

Eligibility is based on requirements outlined in Duke Energy’s 2014 Keowee-Toxaway Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). Property owners may qualify for the dock modifications program if they had an existing Duke Energy-approved boat dock by Dec. 1, 2013, or they received a Duke Energy-approved permit between Dec. 1, 2012, and Dec. 1, 2013, and installed the dock prior to the permit expiring. In addition, an eligible dock must meet all other requirements of the SMP.

The program allows qualifying dock owners to add up to 200 square feet to the current maximum size limit for boat docks and reconfigure their dock.

The opportunity is an outcome of the Keowee-Toxaway Relicensing Agreement Duke Energy entered into with stakeholders during the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process.

The program differs from the “Follow the Water” program, which allows a dock owner to temporarily move a dock during periods of drought.

“During this special period, eligible lake residents may make permanent dock modifications that otherwise may not be allowed,” said Jen Huff, Duke Energy lake services director. “We recognize residents’ concerns about lake access when lake levels are low and encourage them to consider this opportunity for a solution.”

Dock owners must submit an application and receive written approval before work is performed. Applications received outside the fee waiver period for permits to extend docks will be processed, but will have to meet all the typical permitting and fee requirements of the SMP.

The fee waivers apply only to permit applications that are limited to dock modifications required to reach deeper waters; permit applications for other modifications require the fees and payments in place at that time.

Dock owners may contact Duke Energy Lake Services at 800-443-5193 or with their questions. Applications are available online at

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IMZ, What does it mean to me?

It’s been a while since we last wrote about the various shoreline classifications designated by Duke Energy for Lake Keowee, so it’s a good time for a refresher. Especially since the moratorium for working in one of these areas, the IMZ, is coming up fast, and may influence some of you who have been considering having dock or shoreline work done on your lakefront property.

Duke Energy is the governing body over Lake Keowee and, as such, maintains a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) which designates every linear foot of lakefront property into one of several categories, probably a good topic for at least one more blog. The classifications are determined by current use, vegetated cover, habitat value, water depth, substrate, and location, and can have a major impact on the use of your lakefront property. The one we’re concerned with here is IMZ, or Impact Minimization Zone, which is defined as having stable sand, gravel, or cobble substrates.

You can see the color-coded classifications of the shoreline on this cool interactive map.

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When applying for a boat dock or shoreline stabilization permit, you may learn that all or some of your property falls under the IMZ classification. If so, there are a number of considerations and restrictions on what size and type of boat dock and shoreline stabilization techniques that you’ll be allowed to put in place. The SMP states that applicants must first try to avoid IMZs, but if that’s not possible, then construction within these areas will have specific requirements such as larger boulders and native vegetation that can be integrated into, as well as above and below the area.

Since one of the main purposes of the IMZ classification is to protect spawning, rearing and nursery habitats for fish, as well as rearing, nursery, and adult habitat for amphibians, reptiles and birds, there is a moratorium on all work within these designated areas annually March though June.

Shoreline classifications can change as the lake water level rises and falls, so once you have an approved permit for an IMZ it’s a good idea not to wait to have the work done lest it effect how you’re able to use your lakefront.

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