PEMBROKE — A $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will allow the Lumber River Conservancy and its partners in the UNC Pembroke biology department to study the effects of agricultural runoff, drought, and recent hurricanes on the river’s overall health. The results will help the LRC, regulatory agencies and members of the community make decisions to protect the river and improve its water quality.

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RALEIGH — State Sen. Tom McInnis was one of 16 members of the General Assembly recently appointed to a committee to “study options for flood mitigation involving river debris removal (and) spillways.”

The appointment was announced last week in a joint statement by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.

According to a press release, the committee includes eight members each from the Senate and House of Representatives who will study “the means of mitigating flood damage caused by extreme rainfall events.”

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