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April 13
Robertson's Mill Pond Preserve to Benefit from $100,000 Grant from Duke Energy Foundation

Wake County received a $100,000 grant to continue its commitment to protecting and enhancing regional waterways and the environment. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy.

"This grant will help us give Wake County citizens access to open space property that their bond funds allowed us to preserve for future generations," said Chris Snow, director of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space division. "We thank Duke Energy for its support and are excited for the public to have a chance to appreciate the natural beauty of Robertson's Mill Pond Preserve."

The grant will support construction of the Robertson's Mill Pond Preserve, where the public will be able to paddle in the County's only black water swamp and bald cypress habitat. Robertson's Mill Pond Preserve consists of 84.6 acres along Buffalo Creek, near the towns of Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon. The Preserve is scheduled to open late summer 2015 after Phase I construction, a parking area, accessible dock, and shoreline put-in area are complete.

Wake County is one of 15 organizations across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to collectively receive more than $1 million in the first grant announcement of 2015. The Water Resources Fund is a multiyear commitment that will leave a legacy of improved water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions.

"The Water Resources Fund is a testament to Duke Energy's long history of investing in the health and vitality of our communities," said Stick Williams, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. "We look forward to our partnership with the Division of Parks, Recreation and Open Space and the impact this grant will have in Wake County."

Wake staff and the Duke Energy Foundation will gather on April 30 to honor the inaugural Water Resource Fund grant recipients and celebrate their ongoing commitment to communities across the Carolinas.

About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of our communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy.

Please visit nccommunityfoundation.org for more information on how to apply and register for the session.





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