Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan
Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest lake in North Carolina, is a vital part of Hyde County’s amazing natural and cultural heritage. Coastal residents and visitors treasure this natural resource.
However, declining water quality and elevated water levels are threatening the future of this natural wonder. In order to address issues facing the lake, Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to develop a watershed restoration plan to help reverse the trend of degradation.
Public input was used to identify key issues and potential management solutions throughout the development of the plan.
The watershed management plan explains how the lake was formed, how it functions, its current status and health and identifies a series of practical management options to address water quality and flooding issues.
The final draft of the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan was presented to an audience of nearly 100 during a public symposium that was held at Martelle’s “Feed House” Restaurant in Engelhard on Dec. 3, 2018. The final draft was submitted to N.C. Division of Water Resources for review on Dec. 7, 2018, following the public symposium. A supplemental addendum was submitted to the Division of Water Resources on July 19, 2019, providing clarification and additional information requiested by the plant reviewers. Final approval of the plan was received on Aug. 7, 2019. A Division of Water Resources-approved watershed restoration plan is one of the funding eligibility requirements for the 319(h) grant program. Additional funding sources will also be pursued to implement priority management actions identified within the plan.