News About the Catawba River

Recent news relating to water in the Catawba-Wateree River basin is summarized below. Catawba Riverkeeper newsletters are archived at Catawba Riverkeeper Newsletter Archives, http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/News/newsletters. Information organized by substantive issue is available at Catawba Riverkeeper Current Issues. Links to specific geographical areas of the basin can be found in the right navigation column. If you would like to receive periodic updates about the Catawba-Wateree River, you can follow Catawba Riverkeeper on Twitter (@CRFRiverkeeper), friend "Catawba Riverkeeper" on facebook, or like "Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation" on facebook.

NC Riverkeeper Report

NC Riverkeeper Report

From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.

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Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program

Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program

The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.

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A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary

A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.

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Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success

Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success

86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree

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DEQ RELEASES COAL ASH CLASSIFICATIONS, INITIALLY CALLS FOR CLEANUPS STATEWIDE

DEQ RELEASES COAL ASH CLASSIFICATIONS, INITIALLY CALLS FOR CLEANUPS STATEWIDE

HOWEVER, ASKS FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO RE-EVALUATE CLASSIFICATIONS IN 18 MONTHS

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RIVERSWEEP VOLUNTEERS REMOVE 7,020 POUNDS OF TRASH FROM LAKE WATEREE

RIVERSWEEP VOLUNTEERS REMOVE 7,020 POUNDS OF TRASH FROM LAKE WATEREE

On Saturday, April 16th 68 volunteers removed more than 3.5 tons of trash from the shores of Lake Wateree.

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Catawba Riverkeeper Files Motion to Protect Mountain Island Lake from Duke Energy’s Coal Ash Pollution

Catawba Riverkeeper Files Motion to Protect Mountain Island Lake from Duke Energy’s Coal Ash Pollution

Duke appeals Riverbend permit, Catawba Riverkeeper (represented by Southern Environmental Law Center) files to intervene, especially given that CRF is still a plaintiff in two active lawsuits regarding Riverbend

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BREAKING: RESIDENTS NEAR COAL ASH PONDS RECEIVE LETTERS SAYING 'DO NOT DRINK' ADVISORY LIFTED FOR THEIR DRINKING WATER WELLS.

BREAKING: RESIDENTS NEAR COAL ASH PONDS RECEIVE LETTERS SAYING 'DO NOT DRINK' ADVISORY LIFTED FOR THEIR DRINKING WATER WELLS.

STATE ERRS IN LIFTING DO NOT DRINK ORDERS AS WELLS HAVE 10s TO 100s TIMES MORE METALS LEVELS COMPARED TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS; CONTAMINATION HAS RENDERED WELLS NOT “SUITABLE FOR CONSUMPTION” BY STATE’S OWN DEFINITION

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1,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from Briar Creek

1,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from Briar Creek

15 volunteers clean up one of Charlotte’s major urban sub-basins of the Catawba River.

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DEQ Does Not Classify All Coal Ash Sites By Deadline

DEQ Does Not Classify All Coal Ash Sites By Deadline

Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman) will be 'low' or 'intermediate' risk, though DEQ staff had internally recommended a 'high' rating

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Protect the Catawba's Wilderness! Comments Due 12/15

Protect the Catawba's Wilderness! Comments Due 12/15

U.S. Forest Service asking for comments as it evaluates Wilderness Study Areas in Upper Basin

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Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Launches Partnership with South Carolina 4-H and 4-H Science on the Move

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Launches Partnership with South Carolina 4-H and 4-H Science on the Move

New partnership aims to develop robust water education program highlighting the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

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UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash

UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash

Student volunteers clean-up coves near Riverbend Access on Mountain Island Lake.

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York County Planning Commission considering a way to limit development around Lake Wylie and its watershed

York County Planning Commission considering a way to limit development around Lake Wylie and its watershed

The planning commission reviewed the proposed Lake Wylie Watershed Overlay map as a means of limiting development near the Lake.

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Violations of Standards? Change the Standards!

Violations of Standards? Change the Standards!

Bill 765 eyes changing groundwater standards for metals associated with coal ash after hundreds of violations around Duke Energy coal ash sites

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VETO Bill 765

VETO Bill 765

Worst environmental rollback bill in years is on Gov. McCrory's desk and will become law without his veto

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EPA Issues Final Power Plant Toxic Water Pollution Rule

EPA Issues Final Power Plant Toxic Water Pollution Rule

During final deliberations on rule, Riverkeeper Sam Perkins discussed why strong rule is needed in a place like the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

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Catawba Riverkeeper, Other Conservation Groups Challenge NC DEQ, Duke Energy Sweetheart Settlement

Catawba Riverkeeper, Other Conservation Groups Challenge NC DEQ, Duke Energy Sweetheart Settlement

Parallel action (separate from lawsuit Riverkeeper plaintiffs) another attempt disingenuous attempt by NC DEQ (formerly NC DENR) to let Duke Energy off with minuscule fine and no cleanup requirement

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Riverkeepers Release "Sludge In Our Waters" Report, Map

Riverkeepers Release "Sludge In Our Waters" Report, Map

Details and maps the issue of land application of sewage sludge in North Carolina

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RIVERKEEPER CONDEMNS PLAN TO GUT SETTLEMENT, ABANDON ENFORCEMENT

RIVERKEEPER CONDEMNS PLAN TO GUT SETTLEMENT, ABANDON ENFORCEMENT

NC DEQ (formerly DENR) reduces proposed fine 98%, seeks to stop enforcement at all 14 coal ash sites statewide

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Wateree Volunteers Remove 3,400 Pounds of Trash

Wateree Volunteers Remove 3,400 Pounds of Trash

Forty-five volunteers turn out to two sites for second annual Wateree Riversweep

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Troubled Waters: Protecting Charlotte's Most Endangered Resource

We recently had a chat with Emilee Syrewicze, the new Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper. She filled us in on the state of the basin, how we can help improve it, and her favorite places to paddle along its shores.

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Neighborhood Fighting Big-Box Development

Franklin Woods, Gardner Woods, Garner Park and Sedgefiled neighborhoods near Duhart's Creek on Lake Wylie are coming together to fight the most recent (of many) attempts to build a big-box store in an environmentally sensitive location.

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Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015

Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015

The program teaches under-privileged and inner-city youth about the natural environment as well as water safety and kayak skills. The kids are then put ON the Catawba River to see and experience everything they learned!

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Severe Drought Expands In Carolinas

Severe Drought Expands In Carolinas

Carolinas experiencing among worst drought conditions in southeast

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Watch Your Kale Intake: This So-Called Superfood Might Actually Be Harmful

It has been found that kale contains heavy metal elements that are poisonous to your body

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Members Gather for 2015 CRF Annual Meeting, State of the River

Members Gather for 2015 CRF Annual Meeting, State of the River

Great turnout Saturday at Cabela's in Fort Mill, South Carolina

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Coal Ash Wednesday: Swimming in industry propaganda

Coal Ash Wednesday: Swimming in industry propaganda

Duke Energy hires a professional liar to represent their interests

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Authorities Identify Coats American as Likely Source of Chemical Spill

Authorities Identify Coats American as Likely Source of Chemical Spill

July 2nd spill major concern for Lake James residents and killed 400 fish in 120-yard creek section, plus many more over two miles of North Fork Catawba River

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Residents questions Duke Energy about safety of well water

Residents questions Duke Energy about safety of well water

Tuesday night state leaders told a crowd of concerned homeowners they're testing the groundwater near Duke coal ash ponds and miles away from the sites to determine if Duke Energy or Mother Nature is to blame.

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Audience at coal ash, drinking water forum hear conflicting views

Residents near Duke Energy coal ash ponds came to a meeting Tuesday evening for answers. Instead, they got conflicting science lessons.

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Google to build a big data center at an old coal plant in Alabama

Google to build a big data center at an old coal plant in Alabama

Google plans to build its first new U.S. data center in eight years at an aging coal plant in rural Alabama, the search engine giant announced Wednesday at a press conference outside of the new site. The data center in Jackson County will cost $600 million to build and will create 100 jobs for the region.

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North Carolina Legislature could gut lake, river protections

North Carolina Legislature could gut lake, river protections

When we think of the Neuse River, most of us conjure up images of leafy banks, sandy beaches and placid waters ideal for canoeing and kayaking, not thousands of dead fish floating on the surface.

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Duke Energy proposes full excavation of 12 additional coal ash basins in North Carolina

Duke Energy proposes full excavation of 12 additional coal ash basins in North Carolina

Building on the momentum of coal ash excavation work already underway at several Carolinas sites, Duke Energy today recommended full excavation of an additional 12 coal ash basins in North Carolina. The material would be safely reused in lined structural fills or permanently disposed in lined landfills. While this is a step in the right direction, we need to further the clean-up efforts in the Catawba River Basin.

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Duke Agrees to Clean Up More N.C. Coal Ash, Others Left Behind

Duke Agrees to Clean Up More N.C. Coal Ash, Others Left Behind

Additional sites bring commitment to about half of sites in state, but sites with majority of remaining ash and with majority of contaminated drinking water wells remain uncommitted for cleanups

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EPA coal ash rule receives criticism

EPA coal ash rule receives criticism

Neither industry nor environmentalists are happy about a new Environmental Protection Agency rule to manage coal ash, details of which were heard by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday.

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NC Supreme Court gives Duke until 2029 to finish coal ash clean up

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that the state’s recently enacted coal ash law allows Duke Energy until 2029 to complete its cleanup of coal ash sites in the state.

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Immediate Cleanup of Coal Ash Not Required

North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that Duke Energy has years to clean up leaking coal ash dumps as outlined by a new state law.

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Dozens more households near Duke Energy’s unlined coal ash pits advised not to drink water

Dozens more households near Duke Energy’s unlined coal ash pits advised not to drink water

Of the 224 contaminated wells identified as of June 9th, more than half surround Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman)

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NC issues permits for coal ash landfills in Chatham, Lee counties

NC issues permits for coal ash landfills in Chatham, Lee counties

Duke Energy cleared a major hurdle June 5, 2015, in its plan to bury toxic coal ash in permanent landfills with the issuance of state permits to operate the coal ash facilities in Lee and Chatham counties.

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No-Wake Zones Along Catawba River

No-Wake Zones Along Catawba River

A plan to put no-wake zones along the Catawba River is making waves.

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Fitness Trail Now Part Of Catawba River Greenway

Fitness Trail Now Part Of Catawba River Greenway

A new $15,000 fitness trail for the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton was donated by the Morrison Family, owners of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG).

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Urban Creek Cleanup Nets 1,300 pounds!

Urban Creek Cleanup Nets 1,300 pounds!

Wells Fargo, Disney employees turned out Saturday morning to clean unnamed tributary of Briar Creek

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New map illustrates coal ash contamination of drinking water

New map illustrates coal ash contamination of drinking water

Allen (Wylie), Marshall (Norman) sources of majority of wells contaminated by coal ash

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Spring 2015 Lake Wateree Cleanup Nets 1,800 pounds of trash

Spring 2015 Lake Wateree Cleanup Nets 1,800 pounds of trash

On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, 16 volunteers put on cleanup show for those enjoying Wateree.

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Court Temporarily Enjoins N.C. Mining and Energy Commission from Accepting or Processing Fracking Permits

Lawsuit Contends Legislative Appointments to the Commission Violate Separation of Powers in North Carolina Constitution

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CRF Submits Coal Ash Permit Comments

CRF Submits Coal Ash Permit Comments

These NPDES permits are the first up for renewal since the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill and are for all three sites in a 29-mile span of the Catawba River: Allen (Lake Wylie), Marshall (Lake Norman) and Riverbend (Mountain Island Lake

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BREAKING: Residents Around Duke Coal Ash Sites Told Not to Drink Their Water

BREAKING: Residents Around Duke Coal Ash Sites Told Not to Drink Their Water

Letters sent to Duke Energy's neighbors after DENR's testing reveals contamination of groundwater wells.

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Longtime Advocate Reflects On Health Of Catawba River

Longtime Advocate Reflects On Health Of Catawba River

A longtime voice in the effort to protect and improve the Catawba River basin is stepping down. Rick Gaskins, the executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, leaves in June.

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Ask Your NC Legislator to Oppose HB 795

Ask Your NC Legislator to Oppose HB 795

The NC General Assembly is proposing to gut the law (SEPA) that requires consideration of environmental costs and benefits when public money is spent or public land is used. This law has helped us expose wasteful projects that would harm the Catawba River and allowed us time to work out a better solution, including unnecessary inter-basin transfers and wasteful highway projects that would increase sprawl.

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Can Charlotte overcome its love of roads?

Can Charlotte overcome its love of roads?

The root cause of many of the water quality problems (as well as air quality problems) in our region is bad growth practices - SRAWL. The article below explains some of these issues. CRF has been advocating to encourage smart growth and stop bad growth by working with local governments to develop zoning ordinances that incentivize low-impact development and by working with Clean Air Carolina and Southern Environmental Law Center to challenge projects (such as the proposed Garden Parkway Toll Road) that encourage sprawl.

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Volunteers Clean Up 1,200 Pounds of Trash from Briar Creek

Volunteers Clean Up 1,200 Pounds of Trash from Briar Creek

Creek visibly cleaner after 25 volunteers remove shopping carts, tires and dozens of bags of trash.

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CRF Voices Opposition to Coal Ash Permits at Public Hearing

CRF Voices Opposition to Coal Ash Permits at Public Hearing

Volunteers, Riverkeeper, others unanimously oppose inadequate permits for coal ash discharges on Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie

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Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Hires New Executive Director

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has hired Emilee Syrewicze to serve as its new Executive Director. Emilee will begin work on April 15. Rick Gaskins, the long-time Executive Director for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will be leaving the organization in June.

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We Need Your Help Commenting on Local Discharges

We Need Your Help Commenting on Local Discharges

In 2015, every water quality permit in the North Carolina section of the Catawba River basin is up for review and potential renewal. If you have a problem discharge near you, this is your opportunity to get the permit limits tightened or the discharge stopped.

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Court Rules Against "Garden Parkway"

Court Rules Against "Garden Parkway"

A Federal Court dealt what is likely the final killer blow to the controversial Garden Parkway, a proposed toll highway project near Charlotte.

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One Year After the Dan River Coal Ash Spill

One Year After the Dan River Coal Ash Spill

A reflection of what has happened and where we need to go to address one of the most grave threats -- coal ash -- to our waterways.

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Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought

Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought

As State officials return from the holidays and begin sifting through all of the information being generated about the coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is becoming apparent that the problem is bigger than previously believed, and that very little is know about how whether the contamination from the ash ponds will affect drinking water wells or other water supplies.

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NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER

NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER

EPA's waste designation of coal ash -- years in the making -- allows state/utility oversight, leaving coal ash in place and using ash as unlined structural fill.

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NC DENR Gives Duke Permission to Drain Marshall Ash Ponds

NC DENR Gives Duke Permission to Drain Marshall Ash Ponds

According to a press release from the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has given Duke permission to lower the level of waste in the ash ponds at the Marshall coal-fired power plant in Catawba County (on Lake Norman) in order to repair a pipe in the dam structure.

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Comments on Proposed Mine Draining to Lake Wateree

Comments on Proposed Mine Draining to Lake Wateree

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation comments on the water monitoring plan (or lack thereof) for a granite quarry application.

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CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER COMPLETES FIRST PCB TESTING OF FISH TISSUE ON LAKE JAMES

CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER COMPLETES FIRST PCB TESTING OF FISH TISSUE ON LAKE JAMES

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has received results from its September polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) testing of fish tissue on Lake James.

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Tailrace Marina Cleanup

Tailrace Marina Cleanup

On September 19, at the location of the historic Tuckaseegee Ford of the Catawba River, high school students and the staff of Peter Bell, CPA helped the Catawba Riverkeeper staff pick up trash in kayaks.

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Over 1000 Volunteers Turn Out to Clean Up Lake Wylie

Over 1000 Volunteers Turn Out to Clean Up Lake Wylie

Saturday, October 4, was a beautiful day for volunteers to pick up trash from around Lake Wylie. Over 1,000 people came out to 14 different locations to pick up approximately 29,000 pounds of trash. For the first time, kayaks were used to gather trash in shallow areas that are not easily accessible with a larger boat.

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Lincoln County Big Sweep Best Ever

Lincoln County Big Sweep Best Ever

The NC Big Sweep in Lincoln County on Saturday, October 11, was our most successful NC Big Sweep to date! We had the largest number of boat captains and volunteers participate (80), we were able to clean up more sites than ever before (28), and we removed more trash than at previous events.

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Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree

Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree

Organized cleanup a monumental success as 45 volunteers remove 95 bags, 27 tires, and much more

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Catawba Riverkeeper Collects Fish Tissue for First Ever PCB Analysis on Lake James

Catawba Riverkeeper Collects Fish Tissue for First Ever PCB Analysis on Lake James

In collaborative effort with NC DENR, channel catfish from each arm of lake collected for complete PCB analysis

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On-Line Classes Available

On-Line Classes Available

If you have ever wanted to learn more about the ability of ordinary citizens to stop pollution using the Clean Water Act, but haven't had time to attend one of our Covekeeper or Water Watch classes, now you is your chance to do on-line learning from the comfort of your home.

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Lake Wylie Alligator of 2014

Lake Wylie Alligator of 2014

Many alligators have been seen on the Catawba River over the years, but they generally are either caught or unable to survive the winter.

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WCNC Takes a Deeper Look at Coal Ash Waste

NBC Charlotte I-Team Investigator, Stuart Watson, takes a deeper look into the coal ash controversy. Click on the play button on the video player below to watch this special edition of FlashPOINT (23 minutes).

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“No Swimming” Advisory LIFTED for Portion of Lake Wylie Following Sewage Discharge

“No Swimming” Advisory LIFTED for Portion of Lake Wylie Following Sewage Discharge

Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory was issued Wednesday for a portion of Lake Wylie in Charlotte after approximately 800 gallons of sewage from a broken sewer line discharged. Bacteria levels have returned to normal.

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Positive Outcome in Crescent's Lake James Rezoning Request

Positive Outcome in Crescent's Lake James Rezoning Request

Conservation Coalition (including CRF), working since last September, successfully challenge major zoning changes on Lake James in hopes of preserving the progress made by the 2004 Conservation District Development Plan

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Paddleboard Race, Raffle Enjoyed by Hundreds

Paddleboard Race, Raffle Enjoyed by Hundreds

On May 9 & 10, My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with Visit Lake Norman, hosted the Stand Up for the Catawba Lake Norman SUP paddleboard race and raffle at Port City Club in Cornelius. The Elite and Recreational races were sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA) and followed by a luau.

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Charlotte Douglas doesn’t want coal ash under proposed runway

Charlotte Douglas doesn’t want coal ash under proposed runway

On May 9, Charlotte airport officials indicated that they do not have an immediate use for coal ash at the airport, which jeopardizes plans to move coal ash from leaking unlined coal ash impoundments at the Riverbend power plant.

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Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout a Sweeping Success!

Briar Creek Cleanup and Rain Barrel Rollout a Sweeping Success!

Approximately 3,000 pounds of trash cleaned out, dozen rain barrels sold!

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Governor Proposes Legislation That Allows Duke To Leave Coal Ash In Place

Governor Proposes Legislation That Allows Duke To Leave Coal Ash In Place

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Governor McCrory released draft legislation that purports to address North Carolina’s growing problem with toxic coal ash waste. The general public became aware of this issue after the February 2nd spill of 39,000 tons of the toxic sludge into North Carolina’s Dan River. Unfortunately, the Governor's proposal is not the type of legislation that is needed or that the public has been demanding.

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'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Into Mountain Island Lake

'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Into Mountain Island Lake

Power outage leaves 73,000 gallons released without final treatment step.

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'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Continue Into Lake Wylie

When it rains, Tega Cay Water Service still overflows, although sewer blockage responsible for overflow on March 11, which had no rain.

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Judge Rules Duke Must Clean Up Coal Ash Ponds

Judge Rules Duke Must Clean Up Coal Ash Ponds

CRF's lawsuits remain active but ruling will aid case. The court decision overrules an Environmental Management Commission denial of a petition by North Carolina Waterkeepers to require the State to enforce the groundwater standards against Duke. Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the sources of groundwater contamination that are currently violating water quality standards at all 14 of its coal-fired power plants in North Carolina, including the three coal ash sites along a 29-mile span of the Catawba River around Charlotte.

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Spring CRF Events Coming Up with Warm Weather

Spring CRF Events Coming Up with Warm Weather

Paddles, Cleanups, Fundraisers, and Local Covekeeper/Water Watch Meetings Plentiful Now Through May

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DENR May Reinstate Suspended Coal Ash Settlement

DENR May Reinstate Suspended Coal Ash Settlement

Hearing for Catawba Riverkeeper's lawsuit reveals settlement, which DENR asked to withdraw, might be modified or simply expanded to all NC coal ash sites

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EPA Orders Utilities Inc. to Cleanup at Tega Cay

EPA Orders Utilities Inc. to Cleanup at Tega Cay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Violation to Utilities Inc., notifying them of violations observed at the Tega Cay Water Services' Wastewater Collection and Transmission System (Tega Cay) during a joint inspection with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in December 2013.

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Duke Energy Dan River Coal Ash Spill Updates: What We Know, What We Need To Know

Duke Energy Dan River Coal Ash Spill Updates: What We Know, What We Need To Know

Spill first noticed Sunday, spilled through Friday afternoon; site has two ponds on EPA list of 44 ponds nationwide with High Hazard Potential rating. Engineering reports and EPA analysis (included below) detail concerns years ago.

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Risks to Local Water Supplies

Risks to Local Water Supplies

The contamination of drinking water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio is causing local water supplies to reassess the vulnerability of our water supplies. Although local water supplies have not had major disruptions in the past, they are vulnerable. “The reality is if whatever went into that lake is water soluble, nobody’s going to be able to do anything about it,” said Rusty Rozzelle, Mecklenburg County’s water-quality manager.

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EPA Agrees to Issue Coal Ash Regulations in 2014

EPA Agrees to Issue Coal Ash Regulations in 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency, in a win for North Carolina environmental groups, has agreed to issue by December the federal government’s first rules on coal ash.

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Five Years After Kingston's Coal Ash Disaster... We Get West Virginia

Five Years After Kingston's Coal Ash Disaster... We Get West Virginia

Chemical Disaster Reminds Us of Threats to Drinking Water Supply

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Let's Not Take It For Granted

Let's Not Take It For Granted

The Publisher's Post in the January 2014 issue of GREATER CHARLOTTE BIZ emphasizes the importance of the Catawba River to the economy of the Charlotte Region. Although written before the recent contamination of the water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio, those events underscore the importance of taking action to protect our water supply.

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Updated Water Quality Standards Needed in NC

Updated Water Quality Standards Needed in NC

Federal law requires states to review water quality standards every three years — North Carolina last did this in 2006. Now years behind, the NC is accepting comments on these standards although it is admits that it has no plans to change any standards until the end of 2015, at the earliest.

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Catawba Riverkeeper Named as One of Seven Charities Worth Your Dollar

Catawba Riverkeeper Named as One of Seven Charities Worth Your Dollar

Charlotte Magazine named the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation as one of seven charities worth your dollar.

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Solar Farm on Lake Norman Nixed

Solar Farm on Lake Norman Nixed

Lincoln County commissioners on Monday night voted against a planned 36-acre solar farm on Webbs Road at Lake Norman.

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Drinking Water Contamination Studies Discussed at Meeting of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Scientists

Drinking Water Contamination Studies Discussed at Meeting of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Scientists

Hundreds of pharmaceutical, other chemical, CAFO studies presented and discussed at SETAC annual meeting

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Catawba Riverkeeper in Greater Charlotte Biz

Catawba Riverkeeper in Greater Charlotte Biz

The December issue of Greater Charlotte Biz featured the issues facing the Catawba-Wateree River and the role of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in addressing those issues.

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CRF Executive Director Receives Dockery Award

CRF Executive Director Receives Dockery Award

Rick Gaskins, the Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, was the 2013 recipient of the James S. Dockery, Jr. Southern Environmental Leadership Award.

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Another South Carolina Utility Agrees to Remove Coal Ash from River Shared by North and South Carolina

Another South Carolina Utility Agrees to Remove Coal Ash from River Shared by North and South Carolina

Santee Cooper will clean up coal ash near Myrtle Beach. In 2012, Catawba Riverkeeper settled suit with SCE&G to remove 2.4 million tons of coal ash from Catawba-Wateree River near Columbia.

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Court Allows Catawba Riverkeeper to Intervene in Statewide Coal Ash Lawsuits

Court Allows Catawba Riverkeeper to Intervene in Statewide Coal Ash Lawsuits

The Catawba Riverkeeper will be a full party in a civil prosecution brought by North Carolina against Duke Energy for coal ash pollution at its Allen and Marshall plants on Lakes Wylie and Norman, Mecklenburg County Superior Court has ruled. The Southern Environmental Law Center sought to intervene on behalf of the Riverkeeper in the State’s action against Duke Energy. Duke Energy opposed the participation of the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Riverkeeper

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