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Restoring the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed

Posted on February 12, 2024

However, declining water quality and elevated water levels are threatening the future of this natural wonder. In 2017, Hyde County, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formed a partnership and contracted the Coastal Federation to develop a watershed restoration plan. This plan aims to address both poor water quality within the Lake as well as chronic and persistent flooding on the surrounding landscape.

The partners embarked on an 18-month planning process that involved stakeholder and public engagement, and on August 7, 2019, the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan was officially approved by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

The goals of the plan are to:

  1. Protect the way of life in Hyde County
  2. Actively manage the lake water level
  3. Restore water quality and clarity.


LMWRP Final Appendices Web

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