Water Use Information

Library of Information about water use in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

Current and Projected Water Use from Catawba Lakes
Information prepared by Duke Energy regarding current and projected water use from the lakes along the Catawba-Wateree River.
Water Use Information for the United States
2009 water use information for the United States.
2001 Water Use Information
2001 water use information for the North Carolina portion of the Catawba basin.
Sources of Drinking Water in the Charlotte Region
Information compiled by the Metralina Council of Governments on the source of water for local governments in the Charlotte region.
2006 Water Supply Study by Duke Energy
Water supply study for the Catawba-Wateree basin done in connection with the relicensing of the dams on the Catawba-Wateree River.
Overview of Water Quantity Issues
North Carolina needs better water management!
EPA Water Tips
EPA Offers Tips to Save Water and Money
Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges - Executive Summary
Issued by the participants of The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit. Citing a looming freshwater crisis that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities and health of our ecosystems, a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits and government agencies issued a landmark call to action report aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply.
Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges - Complete Report
Issued by the participants of The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit. Citing a looming freshwater crisis that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities and health of our ecosystems, a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits and government agencies issued a landmark call to action report aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply.
Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges - Commitments from Participants
Issued by the participants of The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit. Citing a looming freshwater crisis that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities and health of our ecosystems, a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental not-for-profits and government agencies issued a landmark call to action report aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply.
Ten Things You Should Know About the Energy-Water Collision
Energy and water are woven into our daily lives and strongly linked to one another. Producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. Both these processes face growing limits and problems. In most power plants, water cools the steam that spins the electricity-generating turbines. Because of these links between energy and water, problems for one can create problems for the other. In places where using energy requires a large share of available water, or where water resources are scarce or stressed by competing pressures (such as the needs of farmers or of local ecosystems or, increasingly in many parts of the United States, by climate change), the energy-water connection can turn into a collision—with dangerous implications for both.
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Catawba Riverkeeper comments on proposed CRWSP Reservoir Project
 
New Water Supply Reservoirs Are Risky Ventures
Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released on July 10, 2012 by American Rivers. Issues raised in the report are directly relevant to proposed new reservoir on the Catawba River.
CRWSP Water Reservoir & Expanded Intake
The Catawba River Water Supply Project proposed in 2011 to construct a new reservoir and expand the water intake along the Catawba River near Lancaster, SC. The additional water would be used to supply water to Lancaster, SC and Union County, NC, and result in an increased inter-basin transfer of water from the Catawba basin to the Yadkin basin.
New Report on Impact of Water Use by Power Plants
The power industry uses more water than any other sector of the US economy. Nearly all of this water is used for once-through cooling, an outdated process that uses enormous volumes of water and discharges it back into the environment at an alarmingly elevated temperature. In the process those cooling systems kill and injure much of the aquatic life near the intake pipe and the heated discharge water alters surrounding ecosystems, compounding the damage.
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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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Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

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)

Alliances

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  It also in in an alliance with Clean Air Carolina to address issues, such as sprawl, that cause air and water problems.

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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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