Garden Parkway Documents Library

NC Turnpike Website
Includes an overview and the draft environmental impact statement
Stop the Toll Road
Maps, Links to local news clippings, Videos of news coverage, etc.
Route Over Catawba Chosen For "Garden Parkway"
A route has been chosen for the "Garden Parkway" running from near the Charlotte airport through southern Gaston County.
Garden Parkway Preferred Alternative 9
Garden Parkway Preferred Alternative 9
CRF Comments on Garden Parkway
Comments by Catawba Riverkeeper, Clean Air Carolina and Southern Environmental Law Center on Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Gaston East-West Connector Project (Garden Parkway)
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.
Kevin Siers- Charlotte Observer 2011 Cartoon
Political Cartoon depicting the relationship of Monroe Connector-Bypass and the Gaston Garden Parkway, both NC Turnpike Authority projects.
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
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.
Stop the Parkway - It won't help congestion!
Video rebutting claims that building the Garden Parkway through southern Gaston County will alleviate congestion.
Garden Parkway Funding in Jeopardy
Support for funding the Garden Parkway project with state funds is dwindling.
Catawba Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit to Stop "Garden Parkway"
On August 28, 2012, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper and Clean Air Carolina challenging the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Garden Parkway, which would run from the Charlotte airport, across Lake Wylie and the South Fork of the Catawba to southern Gaston County.
Complaint in "Garden Parkway" Case
A copy of the complaint filed in the "Garden Parkway" case on August 28, 2012.
Raleigh Toll Road May Be the Last
The Triangle Expressway opened for business this year as North Carolina’s first modern toll road. It could be the state’s last toll road for a long time. Because of mounting opposition from environmental lawyers and Republican legislators, all five toll roads and bridges under development by the state Department of Transportation now face big challenges in the General Assembly or the courts – or both.
Special Interest Money Puts Garden Parkway Back on Priority List
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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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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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