News About the Charlotte Area of the Catawba River Basin
A plan to put no-wake zones along the Catawba River is making waves.
Wells Fargo, Disney employees turned out Saturday morning to clean unnamed tributary of Briar Creek
Creek visibly cleaner after 25 volunteers remove shopping carts, tires and dozens of bags of trash.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake wylie riversweep and other clean-up events net huge totals of waste removed and volunteer participation
As part of the Big Sweep cleanup efforts throughout the basin, volunteers turned out to cleanup various creeks throughout the basin.
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.
You can help with the tests of water quality and clarity. Info below on how to get a “Secchi Disk” test kit
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.
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.
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.
Crescent Resources is asking Mt. Holly to rezone property near the upper section of Lake Wylie from residential to heavy industrial.
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.