Improvements to impoundment pending

Hunting excursions on Catfish Lake will have to wait until late December while improvements are made on the waterfowl impoundment.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service to replace six water control structures, pumps and power units at the site.

The 800-acre impoundment is part of the Croatan National Forest off Catfish Lake Road.

According to a release, a grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act is funding the project.

Replacement of the pumps and control structures will require draining the impoundment and its associated canals.

“We need to begin these upgrades as soon as possible to take advantage of a funding source that will expire in early spring,” Richard Clark, a ecoregion management biologist for the wildlife commission, said in a statement. “After the project’s completion, water handling on the impoundment will be greatly enhanced.”

According to the release, the new “pump hub” will allow more efficient flooding of the sub-impoundments.

The work will benefit the habitat by producing improved conditions more favorable for waterfowl, according to the release.

“We regret that the timing of this project will have negative impacts on local waterfowl hunters,” Clark said. “However, the long-term benefits derived from this project should improve the area for both waterfowl and hunters alike.”

For more information on waterfowl hunting, go to www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.