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 LakeServices@duke-energy.com with their questions. Applications are available online at www.duke-energy.com/lakes/LakeServicesApplications.asp.
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