Energy and Water Use

Information about water use to generate electricity.

Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants
Report on the correlation between the generation of electricity and water use, including the trade-offs associated with such water use. Prepared by the Union of Concerned Scientists and published in November 2011.
Energy-Water Collision
The Catawba River is one of the most intensely utilized rivers in the United States for energy production. This use has a number of different impacts on the River including use of a large amount of water, discharges from coal ash ponds, and other wastewater discharges.
Report on Powerplant Water Use by Electric Power Research Institute
Report on powerplant water use by Electric Power Research Institute, an electric power industry organization.
Summary of UCS Report on Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants
To Manage Risk, Government Officials and Power Plant Operators Must Consider Impact of Water Use.
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.
Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants - Executive Summary
Executive summary of report of Union of Concerned Scientists regarding water use by power plants and highly stressed water bodies, including the Catawba River.
Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants - Graphics
Appendix B (graphics) to report of Union of Concerned Scientists regarding water use by power plants and highly stressed water bodies, including the Catawba River.
Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants - Methodology
Appendix A (methodology) to report of Union of Concerned Scientists regarding water use by power plants and highly stressed water bodies, including the Catawba River.
River Network Report - Burning Our Rivers
Report published by River Network in June 2012 on the lifecycle water use by different types of power plants. This report does not contain information on specific power plants.
Sectoral contributions to surface water stress in the coterminous United States
Water stress study (2013) showing significant impact on Catawba by thermoelectric power plants.
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Jan 25, 2017 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.
Dec 13, 2016 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.
Dec 12, 2016 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.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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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 report or 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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Fish Advisories

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Fish consumption advisories have been issued throughout the Catawba-Wateree River basin.  Many of these advisories are the result of testing initiated by Catawba Riverkeeper and confirmed by state and local officials.  For a chart identifying fish types with the applicable advisories for the Charlotte area, click here.   For more information about the fish advisories, click here.

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