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Duke Energy makes $1 million in water-quality grants

Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters, paddles past the Duke energy Dan River Steam Station Tuesday.
Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters, paddles past the Duke energy Dan River Steam Station Tuesday. MCT

Duke Energy has made $1 million in grants to 15 organizations in the Carolinas and Virginia from a special water-quality fund created last year.

Duke set up the $10 million, multi-year Water Resources Fund months after its February 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River.

The city of Danville, downstream of the spill, got $100,000 for a riverwalk, Duke said Thursday.

Other Charlotte-region grant winners: Cleveland Soil and Water Conservation District, $64,500 to fence cattle out of streams; and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, $100,000 to help protect 2,000 acres adjoining South Mountains State Park.

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