May 6, 2013
Martin Marietta Materials in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, has donated 1,000 tons of crushed granite to be dropped in the Cape Fear River for a fish habitat that will provide a place for fish to spawn and lay eggs, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
Cape Fear River Watch, a nonprofit environmental group in Wilmington, North Carolina, will use a barge to drop the donated granite into the river near Lock and Dam No. 2 in Bladen County late this year to help repopulate the declining number of striped bass, sturgeon and river herring.
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded Cape Fear River Watch $95,000 to help fund the project.
The habitat project is linked to a “fish ladder” that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed late last year at Lock and Dam No. 1 to allow some species to swim upstream.