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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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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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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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Catawba Riverkeeper, Southern Environmental Law Center Efforts to Stop Duke Energy's Coal Ash Pollution of Mountain Island Lake Move to Federal Court

Catawba Riverkeeper, Southern Environmental Law Center Efforts to Stop Duke Energy's Coal Ash Pollution of Mountain Island Lake Move to Federal Court

Suit filed in United States District Court in Charlotte on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation; follows a suit brought in Mecklenburg County state court by North Carolina against Duke Energy

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State Files Lawsuit Against Duke Energy for Illegal Discharges from Coal Ash Waste Ponds

State Files Lawsuit Against Duke Energy for Illegal Discharges from Coal Ash Waste Ponds

On May 20, in response to a Notice of Intent to Sue filed by Catawba Riverkeeper and SELC, the State of North Carolina filed an amended complaint against Duke Energy for illegal discharges documented by Catawba Riverkeeper. These illegal discharges of arsenic and other toxic substances into Mountain Island Lake threaten the drinking water supply for approximately 860,000 people in the Charlotte area.

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Foxes Seek Complete Control of Hen House

Foxes Seek Complete Control of Hen House

Help us stop the elimination of North Carolina citizen commissions that provide a needed check on the power of the current administration and polluters. Please don't let the current adminstration turn North Carolina's citizen commissions into rubber stamps.

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Duke Announces Closure of Riverbend Steam Station

Duke Announces Closure of Riverbend Steam Station

Duke Energy announced that they will be closing the Riverbend (coal-fired) Steam Station ahead of schedule. They indicated that the plant will close by April 1, 2013. This is great news for the Catawba River and the air in the Charlotte region because the Riverbend power plant is one of the oldest and dirtiest plants in the Duke Energy system. We applaud Duke for the decision to close the plant early.

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Nutrients Take Center Stage in Early 2013

Nutrients Take Center Stage in Early 2013

Multiple state standards in both North Carolina and South Carolina will be set in 2013, and there will be plenty of opportunities for important public comment.

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SCE&G and Catawba Riverkeeper Reach Settlement on Coal Ash Storage

SCE&G and Catawba Riverkeeper Reach Settlement on Coal Ash Storage

SCE&G agreed to a binding settlement requiring the closure of its ash pond and switching to dry ash handling in the future. It is hoped that this agreement will serve as a precedent for the closure of the four ash ponds operated by Duke Energy on the Catawba River.

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Pharmaceuticals in the River

Pharmaceuticals in the River

Small amounts of prescription and non-prescription medicines end up in our water. Help prevent pharmaceuticals from getting into the water or the wrong hands by disposing of medications properly. Catawba Riverkeeper is co-sponsoring Operation Medicine Drop events around the region.

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Catawba River One of Top 10 Endangered Places in the South

Catawba River One of Top 10 Endangered Places in the South

On January 26, 2012, the Southern Environmental Law Center announced its annual list of the Top 10 Endangered Places in the Solutheastern U.S. The Catawba-Wateree River was back on the list as the 3rd most endangered place in the Southeast because of the threats from coal ash, power plant water use and unnecessary reservoirs.

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2011 Riversweep and Big Sweep Events

2011 Riversweep and Big Sweep Events

Lake wylie riversweep and other clean-up events net huge totals of waste removed and volunteer participation

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Big Sweep Stream Cleanups

As part of the Big Sweep cleanup efforts throughout the basin, volunteers turned out to cleanup various creeks throughout the basin.

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Riverkeeper Says Construction Project is Hurting Environment

Riverkeeper Says Construction Project is Hurting Environment

Crews are moving mountains of earth and one small creek to make room for a new Target store on Cox Road. Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman said they are destroying the environment in the process.

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Volunteers Begin Water Quality Tests

Volunteers Begin Water Quality Tests

You can help with the tests of water quality and clarity. Info below on how to get a “Secchi Disk” test kit

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Development Along Banks of Lake Wylie

Development Along Banks of Lake Wylie

The Catawba Riverkeeper would rather see trees and natural vegetation along the banks of 129 acres stretching along the Catawba River east of Mount Holly.

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Mtn Island Lake Cluttered with Garbage

Mtn Island Lake Cluttered with Garbage

Dirty diapers, beer bottles and tangled fishing line makes up just some of the garbage piling up along Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte's primary drinking supply.

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Boater/Swimmer Incident on Lake Norman

Boater/Swimmer Incident on Lake Norman

The driver of a boat that critically injured a passenger at a Lake Norman "rafting" event Saturday had never driven a boat when he rented the 24-foot Chaparral and steered it into a cove with hundreds of other boats.

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Crescent Asks Mt. Holly to Rezone Land Near Lake Wylie from Residential to Heavy Industrial

Crescent Resources is asking Mt. Holly to rezone property near the upper section of Lake Wylie from residential to heavy industrial.

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Draft 2010 Catawba Basin Plan Released

Draft 2010 Catawba Basin Plan Released

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently presented a draft version of the 2010 Catawba Basin Plan to the North Carolina Environmental Managment Commission.

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Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution reportor to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

 
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