Updated August 1
Stimulus funds will be helping in the recovery of the state’s wildlife habitats, in the same way another era of economic stimulus created the 13,000 acre refuge in the first place, during the Great Depression. That’s when the Santee Cooper power utility and lake system was created.
Now $1.8 million in recovery money is going to help the Santee National Wildlife Refuge repair and maintain waterfowl habitat and an extensive watershed area.
Refuge manager Marc Epstein spoke with SCRN’s Ashley Byrd about how the money is being used.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also restore wildlife habitat at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge with stimulus funds.
The agency awarded a contract for $879, 959 to Specpro Environmental Services of Oak Ridge, Tenn., to install 11 new water control structures on impoundments at the refuge’s Bulls Island, a 5,500 –acre barrier island that is home to black ducks, canvasback, scaup, wood stork, blue herons and snowy egrets, among many species.