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.

Don't Let Legislators Stack Environmental Commissions

Don't Let Legislators Stack Environmental Commissions

Tell the Governor and your state legislators to oppose legislation that would weaken the state’s boards and commissions that oversee health, energy, and environmental protections.

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Court Rules for Catawba Riverkeeper in SCE&G Coal Ash Case

Court Rules for Catawba Riverkeeper in SCE&G Coal Ash Case

On May 29, United States District Judge Joseph Anderson ruled in favor of Catawba Riverkeeper and denied SCE&G's motion to dismiss, rejecting SCE&G's claim that private citizens and organizations have no right to challenge SCE&G pollution of the Wateree River and groundwater from seepage from SCE&G's leaking coal ash ponds.

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Draft Biological Opinion Issued for Catawba Relicensing

Draft Biological Opinion Issued for Catawba Relicensing

National Marine Fisheries issued a draft biological opinion for the re-liciensing of the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project (Duke's dams on the Catawba and Wateree River). This is one of the last steps in the process of relicensing the Project.

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Waterkeeper Swim Guide App

Waterkeeper Swim Guide App

Waterkeeper Alliance has developed an App for your phone to find out if beaches are safe.

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Duke Needs to do More to Clean Up Coal Ash

For most Charlotte residents, the concern about coal and its residue, coal ash, is as close as the next drink of water.

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Mercury Contamination in the Catawba

Mercury Contamination in the Catawba

North Carolina South Carolina have advise against consuming certain types of fish in the Catawba due to mercury contamination. Most of the mercury is coming from coal-fired powerplants.

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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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2012 Mecklenburg State of the Environment Report

How’s the air out there? Is the water getting better? Are we recycling as much as we could be? According to an online Mecklenburg County survey, the verdict on all of the above, the answers are mixed, but encouraging.

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Gaston County QNRC Cancels Coal Ash Forum

Gaston County QNRC Cancels Coal Ash Forum

The Gaston County Quality of Natural Resources Commission (QNRC) cancelled a public forum and information session about the potential threats to drinking water from coal ash, which had been scheduled for May 3. The reasons for cancelling the forum are unclear.

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Coal Ash Provision Added to Transportation Bill

Coal Ash Provision Added to Transportation Bill

Republicans in the House of Representatives added a rider to the Transportation Bill that would prevent EPA from protecting us from the dangers of coal ash. Please let your Congressional representative know that you want the EPA to be able to regulate coal ash waste.

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Is It Sewage Spill Season?

Is It Sewage Spill Season?

The rash of recent reports of sewage spills is alarming. During the past week, sewage spills were reported in Tega Cay, south Charlotte, and various other locations. A copy of CMUD's press releases and links to other news reports about the problems are included below.

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Largemouth Consumption Advisory on Lake Wylie

Largemouth Consumption Advisory on Lake Wylie

LAKE WYLIE, N.C. -- A fish consumption advisory is now in effect for the North Carolina side of Lake Wylie, matching the same advisory instituted last year on the South Carolina side of the lake.

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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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Catawba Riverkeeper Honored with Blue Fin Award

Catawba Riverkeeper Honored with Blue Fin Award

At the December 2011 meeting of the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission, Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman accepted the Blue Fin Award.

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Texas votes on water conservation tax incentive

Texas votes on water conservation tax incentive

When Texans head to the ballot box Tuesday they will be asked to approve a one-of-a-kind water conservation tax incentive that appears especially enticing during a record-breaking drought that has sucked dry nearly every area of the state.

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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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Hickory Covekeepers Cleanup

Each year, the Lake Hickory Covekeepers organize a cleanup in conjunction with Big Sweep on the first Saturday in October. In 2011, the cleanup was held on October 2.

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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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Shortnose Sturgeon Found in Wateree River

Shortnose Sturgeon Found in Wateree River

While Duke Energy said they did not exist, two shortnose sturgeons, an endangered species, have been found in the upper Wateree River.

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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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Supporters Circle Wagons as Parkway in Peril

With 64% of Gaston County residents opposing the Garden Parkway in 2010, Michael Barrett of Gaston Gazette reports on efforts to raise public support for a tax-funded toll road.

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Data Manipulation Must Not Be Tolerated

Data Manipulation Must Not Be Tolerated

Charlotte Observer Editorial regarding data manipulation for studies of Monroe Connector-Bypass, and potential problems with Gaston Garden Parkway

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NC Held Back Data on Bypass, Documents Say

Steve Harrison with the Charlotte Observer wrote an article that appeared in Wednesday's paper about some "untruths" surrounding the Monroe Connector-Bypass and Gaston Garden Parkway.

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EPA Proposes Power Plant Pollution Standards

Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act

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Proposed Utility Changes Create Controversy About Conservation

Proposed Utility Changes Create Controversy About Conservation

WSOC-TV Channel 9 Reports on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Proposed Rate Changes

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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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CATAWBA RIVER FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES DRASTICALLY EXPANDED

CATAWBA RIVER FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES DRASTICALLY EXPANDED

State officials in North and South Carolina issued health advisories urging the public to stay away from largemouth bass and channel catfish in large portions of the Catawba River and its lakes due to contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. These advisories come after years of prodding by Catawba Riverkeeper.

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NC Coal Ash Pond Partially Failed

NC Coal Ash Pond Partially Failed

Recent rains removed 9 feet off the top of a coal pond at Progress Energy's Sutton station in North Carolina. Just a reminder - Failures do and can happen!

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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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CRF Releases Results of Heavy Metals and PCBs Sampling on Mtn. Island Lake

CRF Releases Results of Heavy Metals and PCBs Sampling on Mtn. Island Lake

On June 17th, 2010 Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman issued a press release outlining the results of lab tests on water, sediment and fish tissue samples taken from Mountain Island Lake.

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State wants more testing of coal waste

State wants more testing of coal waste

State officials want more groundwater testing around coal ash settling ponds at Duke Energy’s electric plants along the Catawba River, including three ponds in Gaston County.

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Con/Kan IBT Dispute Finds Resolution

Con/Kan IBT Dispute Finds Resolution

Reductions during drought periods, additional water conservation measures and a timeline for withdrawals highlight key components of litigation settlement agreement.

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EPA Issues Rule to Reduce Water Pollution from Construction Sites

EPA Issues Rule to Reduce Water Pollution from Construction Sites

EPA announced on November 23, 2009, that it was tightening the standards for sediment. Despite a successful lawsuit by Waterkeeper Alliance requiring the EPA to require numeric limits, we felt it might take many years for the states to actually require it because EPA was dragging its feet. It still might, but this push from the EPA might encourage this sooner rather than later. We are interested in legislation in sediment legislation for 2010 and this could possibly help us push for new legislation. Effluent limits might not be possible through legislation but getting better ground cover requirements and other measures to control runoff that gets us closer to accomplishing sediment reductions effluent limits hope to achieve in the long run. Sediment pollution is the number one water pollution problem in North Carolina.

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Coal Ash Ponds Threaten Well Water and Drinking Water Reservoirs

Coal Ash Ponds Threaten Well Water and Drinking Water Reservoirs

A steady flow of information regarding the safety and security of pollutants from Duke Energy’s four EPA listed “High Hazard Potential” coal ash ponds along the Catawba River continues. Recent articles have explained data that shows heavy metal contamination in groundwater supplies.

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Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

The New York Times has been doing a series of article on water issues. Two of the major conclusions of the series are that many dischargers are out of compliance with the Clean Water Act standards and that enforcement is lax.

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Southeast Water Efficiency Policies

Water efficiency is our best source of affordable water and must be the backbone of water supply planning.

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Voice of the Rivers Program

Students from Brevard College begin their journey down the mighty Catawba, from its headwaters to the Atlantic Ocean, on May 16.

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New Canoe and Kayak Access Point on South Fork

New Canoe and Kayak Access Point on South Fork

A new access point on the South Fork of the Catawba makes it easier for novice paddlers to gain access to the beauty of the South Fork.

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More Raw Sewage Flows into Catawba

More Raw Sewage Flows into Catawba

More than 11,000 gallons spilled into Catawba basin creeks during Tuesday's (May 5) rainfall

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Dilworth Youth Environmental Club Host Little Sugar Creek Clean-Up

Dilworth Youth Environmental Club Host Little Sugar Creek Clean-Up

Students and community members scour creek bank for trash and junk left behind

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REI helps launch Youth Kayaking program with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

REI helps launch Youth Kayaking program with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

REI awards CRF with a generous grant donation to help launch our 2009 youth kayak river expedition program to reach youth with the message of conservation and environmental stewardship.

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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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