In 2002 the North Carolina interagency DRTF (Dam Removal Task Force) designated Milburnie Dam as a priority for removal. The project is supported by environmentalists, scientists, and community leaders throughout our region.

In July 2012, a 7-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were fishing at the dam when they went into what appeared to be still water, got pulled under and never resurfaced. In July 2008, two former high school athletes, 21-year-old John Brian Taylor and 20-year-old Michael Patrick McDowell, also drowned while swimming in the area. The power of the water near the dam is easily under-estimated and can trap even the best swimmer.


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