Public asked to provide input on potential projects for Lake Hartwell PCB Settlement The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service want your feedback about how to spend the remaining Lake Hartwell PCB settlement funds from the Schlumberger Technology Corporation. Take a Survey You can provide input by taking an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=X_2bxLg8oMkcHQh1CnEo2Iow_3d_3d or attending a public meeting on November 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Videos and a detailed report about the different settlement project options can be found online at www.dnr.sc.gov/news/fishingcomp. Background Information In 1995, the Lake Hartwell Natural Resource Trustees initiated work to acquire a settlement for natural resource injuries to Lake Hartwell associated with PCB contamination. Their findings indicated two major areas of natural resource injury: (1) Ecological Injury, especially to Twelvemile Creek, and (2) the Recreational Fishery Injury of Lake Hartwell. A settlement with Schlumberger Technology Corporation (STC) was achieved in 2006, resulting in approval of a consent decree in federal court on May 30, 2006. The Ecological Injury is being addressed by removal of the two Woodside Dams and associated stream restoration. The Ecological Injury was further addressed by the funds being provided for biological monitoring of dam removal and some additional stream restoration projects in the watershed. The injury to the Lake Hartwell recreational fishery is the primary focus of the plan under consideration. Because of the presence of PCBs, fish consumption advisories have been in place on Lake Hartwell since 1976. By restricting peoples ability to keep and consume the fish they catch, consumption advisories have been shown to reduce the value of a water body to recreational anglers. This reduction in value resulting from PCBs and the associated advisories is the basis of the injury to the recreational fishery.