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GREAT FALLS, S.C. – Public access to a portion of Duke Energy’s Great Falls enhancement project is set to open on March 18, 2023, with scheduled recreation flow releases and the opening of the Nitrolee Access Area. Recreation flow releases to the short bypass reach will begin in May of this year.“We’re looking forward to sharing these new opportunities with the public,” said Christy Churchill, recreation project manager at Duke Energy. “With improvements like boater access, parking, an interpretive ...
GREAT FALLS, S.C. – Public access to a portion of Duke Energy’s Great Falls enhancement project is set to open on March 18, 2023, with scheduled recreation flow releases and the opening of the Nitrolee Access Area. Recreation flow releases to the short bypass reach will begin in May of this year.
“We’re looking forward to sharing these new opportunities with the public,” said Christy Churchill, recreation project manager at Duke Energy. “With improvements like boater access, parking, an interpretive center, trails and, of course, river stretches for novice to experienced canoers and kayakers alike, this area will have a lot to offer the community.”
Duke Energy has nearly completed construction work on the significant recreational and environmental enhancements at Great Falls Reservoir. The project returns water to two river channels that were dewatered when the Great Falls Hydro Station was constructed in 1907, restoring habitat for aquatic life and creating recreational opportunities for the public.
“After working on this project with Duke Energy for many years, we know this is going to be a wonderful boost for economic development in Great Falls,” said Glinda Coleman, the executive director of the Great Falls Hometown Association. “We have been thrilled to be a part of this process and look forward to continued collaboration with Duke Energy on this project and in the future.”
Modification of the dam that creates the long bypass river channel includes the creation of two release points for flow. One will be used to provide a continuous flow for improving aquatic habitat downstream of the diversion dam as well as recreational flow. The other entrance will be used only for flow for recreational use, helping to provide a safe access route into the river for boaters who wish to navigate the more than 2 miles of the downstream river channel. This original section of the river contains Class II and III rapids.
Farther south on Great Falls Reservoir, pneumatically controlled steel gates have been installed on more than 500 feet of the short bypass concrete dams to provide aquatic flow releases, recreation flow releases and flood management. This section of river will be accessed from the Great Falls canoe/kayak access trail on Mountain Island. The river section downstream of this area is approximately 0.75 mile long, and the recreation flow releases will have a rapid flow of water that is expected to create Class III and IV rapids for advanced paddlers.
Beginning spring of 2023, those wishing to enjoy these recreational opportunities should view scheduled recreation flow releases by visiting duke-energy.com/lakes. Recreational releases are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is important to note that water will rise quickly in the bypass channel.
The public can access the long bypass reach from the Nitrolee Access Area, also opening March 18. In addition to parking, restrooms and boat access, the Nitrolee site features an interpretive center about the remains of the original historic Arc Building that was part of the early 1900s Nitrolee fertilizer plant. The site, which is owned by the Katawba Valley Land Trust and leased to Duke Energy, is planned to be connected to the lower Great Falls sites by the Carolina Thread Trail.
Other recreational improvements will be added to further support the Great Falls flow release project in the coming years. The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism also plans to open a new state park later this decade on Dearborn Island at Great Falls. In addition to the new state park, Duke Energy will be constructing a pedestrian bridge to the island as well as two additional canoe/kayak access areas along with other planned improvements to better support the user experiences.
All these public recreational and environmental enhancements were part of the vision for the river and lake system that was negotiated and included in the Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement, a binding contract signed in 2006 by 70 parties to guide relicensing of Duke Energy's Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project.
Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 20,100 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 2.8 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 24,000-square-mile service area in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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New whitewater runs give kayaking, fishing and tourism a boostSubmitted by Duke EnergyTim Huffman stands in awe as water flows down a scenic stretch of the Catawba River.“From rolling waves of granite to 40-foot rock bluffs, it’s not the sort of geology you’d expect to see in this part of South Carolina,” said Huffman, senior project manager at Duke Energy. “It’s like a transport to the mountains.”Despite its natural beauty, the town of Great Falls, S.C., has been economic...
New whitewater runs give kayaking, fishing and tourism a boost
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Tim Huffman stands in awe as water flows down a scenic stretch of the Catawba River.
“From rolling waves of granite to 40-foot rock bluffs, it’s not the sort of geology you’d expect to see in this part of South Carolina,” said Huffman, senior project manager at Duke Energy. “It’s like a transport to the mountains.”
Despite its natural beauty, the town of Great Falls, S.C., has been economically depressed since its textile mills closed in the 1980s. Tourism is expected to rise, however, as a result of new whitewater runs, a state park, hiking trails and other projects at Great Falls Reservoir.
“People are going to have a great deal of fun out here,” Huffman said. “They can fish, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, whitewater raft, you name it.”
One of two whitewater runs, the long bypass river channel, is open to the public during scheduled flow releases. It is a free community resource that will complement a diverse mix of other recreation in the coming years, said Christy Churchill, recreation project manager at Duke Energy.
“From a pedestrian bridge that will connect to a new state park at Dearborn Island, and all sorts of hiking trails, you don’t have to be a kayaker to enjoy it here,” Churchill said. “Maybe you like to fish, flat-water paddle, or just walk the trails and look at historic interpretation information.”
As part of its Catawba-Wateree license, issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Duke Energy enhanced public recreation, as well as habitat for fish and other aquatic life, a collaborative process with stakeholders in communities where its hydro facilities are located.
As a result, the company can meet customers’ needs with sustainable, carbon-free electricity. The Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project, 12 hydro stations and 11 reservoirs in North Carolina and South Carolina, generates 799 megawatts of electricity, which, on average, is enough to power more than 639,000 homes. Hydropower also contributes to decarbonizing the Duke Energy grid.
To build the whitewater runs, the company returned water to a river channel that was diverted in 1907 to create the Great Falls and Dearborn Hydroelectric plants to produce power. Huffman’s team modified two dams, bringing a managed flow of water to the long and short bypasses.
“It’s a first-of-its-kind project for Duke Energy,” he said. “You’re looking at seven years of work from concept to final engineering and then another two years to construct it. So, it’s extremely complex.”
Duke Energy consulted S2O Design and Engineering, the same team that worked on the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Kayakers, paddlers and others who wish to navigate the long bypass river channel, a 2.25-mile downstream channel with rapids the paddling community has classified as Class II and III rapids, during scheduled flow releases can do so through the Nitrolee Access Area.
Farther south on Great Falls Reservoir, pneumatically controlled steel gates were installed to provide aquatic flows, recreation flow releases and flood management. The .75-mile short bypass river channel will have a faster flow of water than the long bypass river channel, creating rapids for skilled paddlers.
It’s an exciting time for an area that hasn’t attracted many tourists, said Glinda Coleman, executive director of the Great Falls Home Town Association.
“I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from folks. People are excited,” Coleman said, “because we know it’s going to be a wonderful boost for economic development in Great Falls.”
A bar opened in town, she said, and people have begun to look at vacant properties along Main Street; others have expressed an interest in building campgrounds in the town that’s located about halfway between Charlotte and Columbia, S.C.
“Duke Energy went out of its way to help us connect the town of Great Falls, its downtown area to all of the projects,” Coleman said.
“And that’s what we strived for: ensuring our community benefits from all this development. So, we’ve appreciated the partnership tremendously.”
Just as important as making it fun, Huffman said, was including safety features. It’s why the river is channelized toward the west bank.
“If a trip doesn’t go as planned, a person would naturally go with the flow toward the bank where there are other people,” he said, “or to an area where they can self-rescue.”
Self-rescue features – exit steps, rescue rings and grab bars, for example – were installed throughout the long bypass structure. And Huffman noted other design safety elements, like energy dissipation pools.
“We’re required to put about 3,000 cubic feet of water each second into the river as part of the official recreation release,” Huffman said. “That’s a lot of water. It would be like 3,000 basketballs coming at you at once.”
During recreation flow releases, the boater bypass channel will be carrying a smaller portion of that, about 400 cubic feet a second.
A healthy aquatic habitat for fish and other wildlife was created. Rock surfaces, placed by hand to blend in with the environment, also aerate the water.
“If you’re a fish, and you get a chance to swim in freshly aerated water, you’re going to do it,” Huffman said. “Those rocks will greatly enhance the habitat of the area for fish while creating a natural setting.”
And the catfish here are “just monsters. They’re huge,” he added with a laugh.
Of bringing the project to life, Huffman called it the pinnacle of his career. Even better, he said, might be the community’s response.
“It’s just amazing to see people going down these channels,” he said. “I believe it’s a great community resource that does nothing but forecast a bright future for this town.”
More improvements coming
In the coming years, Churchill said Duke Energy has also committed to:
More information about flow releases at Great Falls and other Duke Energy facilities: Recreation flow schedule
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Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.
Duke Energy is executing an ambitious clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2023 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “World’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
Duke Energy gave the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources a more than $18,000 grant Monday that will buy wet and dry suits, flotation devices, rafts, helmets and other equipment for officers who serve at the new rapids in Great Falls.A new swift water rescue unit formed when Catawba River water was routed back to Great Falls after more than a century. The water had been diverted to power mills in the area.A new whitewater area opened in March for rapids enthusiasts.The restoration of Great Falls came as part of...
Duke Energy gave the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources a more than $18,000 grant Monday that will buy wet and dry suits, flotation devices, rafts, helmets and other equipment for officers who serve at the new rapids in Great Falls.
A new swift water rescue unit formed when Catawba River water was routed back to Great Falls after more than a century. The water had been diverted to power mills in the area.
A new whitewater area opened in March for rapids enthusiasts.
The restoration of Great Falls came as part of Duke Energy’s federal hydroelectric relicensing. The company needs federal approval to manage the Catawba River and its reservoir as it generates power. The most recent relicensing project involved a host of public recreation improvements across Lake Wylie and other reservoirs, including the Great Falls addition.
According to SCDNR, the rapids in Great Falls, which is expected to be a regional draw, creates different safety needs compared to nearby Fishing Creek or Lake Wateree.
“It’s really to help us have a uniform, safe approach to anything that requires swift water rescue equipment or personnel to be able to have a successful operation and outcome,” said Lt. Brady Branham, head of the new SCDNR rescue unit.
Officers in that unit spent four days near Lake Wylie dam training on nighttime operations, rescue swimming, rescue boat operations and rope techniques in preparation of what they may face in Great Falls, according to Duke.
Monday’s grant was part of a $500,000 award to various groups as part of Duke’s programs on emergency and storm preparations.
“These grants will help provide fellow first responders with the tools and training to handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” said Mike Callahan, Duke’s South Carolina state president.
State Sen. Mike Fanning said he expects the Great Falls whitewater to be a game changing amenity for the region.
“It can’t work if we don’t have ways of keeping people safe,” Fanning said. “Allowing SCDNR to do their jobs with the resources they need is going to be critical to helping this go long term.”
A new water attraction on the Catawba River in Chester County opens this weekend which is expected to offer outdoor activities and boost the local economy.For years, Duke Energy has been working on the Great Falls enhancement project to provide recreational and environmental enhancements at Great Falls Reservoir in South Carolina, ...
A new water attraction on the Catawba River in Chester County opens this weekend which is expected to offer outdoor activities and boost the local economy.
“This project, we are opening, will allow people to go into the long bypass reach of the river, which over the past century, has been dry,” said Tim Huffman, senior project manager at Duke Energy.
With the Great Falls Reservoir opening, there’s now two major water outdoor attractions in the area that residents can access along with the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.
Here’s what both attractions offer visitors:
Some of the waterways will be open to the public on Saturday, with scheduled recreation flow releases and the opening of the Nitrolee Access Area.
There are two release points for flow, one for improving aquatic habitat downstream and recreational flow, and another for recreational flow with a safe access route for boaters.
There will also be a separate rapid flow of water for advanced paddlers expected to open later this year.
“This is a natural river flow, and you have two miles of whitewater that you access through the structures that we have built,” Tim Huffman, senior project manager at Duke Energy, told WSOC-TV.
Visitors will be able to kayak, canoe, raft, paddle and boat along the river for free. You will need to bring your own equipment. Recreational releases are scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. You can find scheduled recreation flow releases online at duke-energy.com/lakes.
A state park, a small island, and walking trails will also be added in the coming years.
The Whitewater Center is an outdoor center with more than 30 recreational activities, including whitewater and flatwater rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
The flatwater activities take place on the Catawba River and Long Creek. The whitewater activities take place on the center’s man-made river, which comprises four sections of whitewater: the instruction, freestyle, wilderness, and competition channels. Each feature has different wave levels.
Visitors will need to bring their own equipment, but the Whitewater Center does provide rental kayaks.
The Whitewater Center also has yoga, climbing, ropes, zip lines, and trails for mountain biking, running or hiking. There is also space for deep water solo and ice skating.
Visiting the U.S. Whitewater Center is free, but a pass is required for activities. You can purchase single activity passes, all-access day passes or all-access annual passes either online, onsite, or by phone at (704) 391-3900. Available activities for each day can be found on the center’s website at center.whitewater.org.
This story was originally published March 17, 2023, 2:59 PM.
The Great Falls Enhancement Project sits on the Catawba River and provides recreational activities at the Great Falls Reservoir.More VideosCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — There's a new way for people to enjoy the water and the weather in Chester County.The Great Falls Enhancement Project s...
The Great Falls Enhancement Project sits on the Catawba River and provides recreational activities at the Great Falls Reservoir.
CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — There's a new way for people to enjoy the water and the weather in Chester County.
The Great Falls Enhancement Project sits on the Catawba River and provides recreational activities at the Great Falls Reservoir.
It's been a project almost two decades in the making. Sandy Skardon is one of the first people to experience the project.
“It was going good, some of the waves were in," Skardon said. Yeah, it was pretty awesome."
Tim Huffman is the project manager and said it took a lot of time and effort to figure out the design. The water in the area was held back by a dam for decades. The company worked to move water back into the original channels, creating over two miles of white water access.
“If you don’t paddle a lick, you can go out there, walk around, walk the trails, it’ll be well worth the time," Huffman said.
Huffman also said it'll become a tourist spot for the area. On Sunday, people already made their way out to the spot from all over the Carolinas. People told WCNC Charlotte they are excited about the new destination and can't wait to dive in once the temps heat up.
Others said the new spot could add congestion to the area. Martin Kennington lives in the area and can see how this area could get too busy.
“It concerns me with all the extra traffic that people will come down and take advantage of it," Kennington said.
But others think this will impact the area in a different way.
“It will be something good for Lancaster County because it’s not as big as Rock Hill and it’s in the middle of nowhere, traffic will be good for the area," Gregory Chisolm said.
Tenitia Brown is the owner of Red Rose Patrys in Lancaster County. She said she mainly caters to those in the area, but with the new attraction, she's excited to be in the impact zone.
“It means we are going to be okay as a small business, we get a chance to expand so any type of new traffic is going to be great," Brown said.