Lake Mattamuskeet is a vital part of the Hyde County’s amazing natural and cultural heritage. County residents and visitors treasure this natural resource.
However, the lake faces declining water quality and changing lake levels. In order to address these concerns, Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come together to support the development of a watershed restoration plan. In developing this plan, the county and its partners will seek public input to identify issues facing the lake and begin identifying possible management solutions.
When completed, the watershed management plan will explain how the lake should and does function, its current status and health, and identify various practical management options for the lake that help address water quality and flooding issues. These goals, and the actions necessary to achieve them, will be informed by past and ongoing scientific studies as well as local knowledge and experiences.
To work toward identifying management solutions the North Carolina Coastal Federation will help the county and its partners develop the plan. The federation previously worked with Hyde County landowners to develop a watershed restoration plan for about 43,000 acres of farmland and wetlands situated north of Engelhard. That plan has worked well in helping to address both drainage and environmental needs for the property owners.
As part of plan development, there will be six quarterly public meetings that will allow the public to discuss long-term solutions. The public meetings will be held in the multipurpose room at the Hyde County Government Complex in Swan Quarter at 7 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled Sept. 18.
May 2018 Update
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April 2018 Update
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- Study Shows New Flap Gates at Lake Mattamuskeet Bring Minimal Water Flow Change — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
- Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Website — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Updates on current and historic status of the lake’s ecosystem and wildlife — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring at Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina — U.S. Geological Survey
- Mattamuskeet Foundation
Learn more about the history of Lake Mattamuskeet and the plan development in the Story Map below. You must scroll within the embedded box to see the full Story Map. Scroll outside the embedded box to continue to the bottom of this page.
The Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan is being developed by the following partners: