RIEGELWOOD (WWAY) — Riegelwood residents held a ceremony for Cape Fear River’s Lock and Dam No. 1, which has played a vital role in the community for 100 years.
Historically, the lock & dam passed commercial traffic through the river, but today it helps protect water intakes for cities along the river said 1st Lt. Byran Underwood.
“Lately, since we haven’t been using the Cape Fear River for navigation, the locks and dams have become instrumental in being a fish passage,” said Underwood who is the deputy district commander for the Army Corps of Engineers who ensure the dams are functional.
Dana Matics who also helps manage the dams said lock & dam no. 1 is unique from the other dams along the cape fear river.
“In the case here at lock number one, we do have the rock arch rapids which allows the fish to navigate the river themselves and get upstream by themselves,” said Matics.
Now, the area serves as a popular recreation spot for fishermen and boaters.