Santee Cooper pumps water out of Lake Busbee
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Santee Cooper will begin pumping water out of Lake Busbee on Thursday, April 12, in order to help facilitate its transformation from an industrial cooling pond to a natural wetlands area.
Pumping operations will take approximately 30 days, depending on weather. During this time, Santee Cooper will erect a safety fence and signage to limit access to the pumping operation, which will be located on part of the dike that the public uses as a walking trail. The rest of the trail will remain open.
In addition, Santee Cooper staff will work with experts, including S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists, to survey species of fish. Based on the fish survey results, Santee Cooper will work with SCDNR to determine the appropriate steps to relocate fish and minimize fish mortality as pumping operations proceed and the pond loses water.
Once the water recedes and the ground is stabilized, Santee Cooper will plant native saplings that match nearby wetlands. Santee Cooper is committed to transforming the area over the next several years into a high-quality, natural wetlands.