Great Falls and Rocky Creek Lakes Page

Information, maps and links to these two small South Carolina lakes

Great Falls Lake - The oldest of the Catawba lakes in South Carolina, Great Falls is also the smallest of the eleven in the system. There is no public access to this lake but there are two hydroelectric stations.

 

 Rocky Creek Lake - The second smallest lake in the system, Rocky Creek's 847 surface acres sport 2 hydroelectric stations and supply water to Chester County, SC. There are three public boat ramps located on its 20 miles of shoreline.

 
For news about the S.C. portion of the Catawba River Basin click here.
 

 Statistical information and links to Duke Energy information about the lakes can be found here -> Lakes


FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVERCLICK HERE.

 
 
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Jan 05, 2015 Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought
As State officials return from the holidays and begin sifting through all of the information being generated about the coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is becoming apparent that the problem is bigger than previously believed, and that very little is know about how whether the contamination from the ash ponds will affect drinking water wells or other water supplies.
Dec 19, 2014 NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER
EPA's waste designation of coal ash -- years in the making -- allows state/utility oversight, leaving coal ash in place and using ash as unlined structural fill.
Dec 11, 2014 NC DENR Gives Duke Permission to Drain Marshall Ash Ponds
According to a press release from the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has given Duke permission to lower the level of waste in the ash ponds at the Marshall coal-fired power plant in Catawba County (on Lake Norman) in order to repair a pipe in the dam structure.
Dec 03, 2014 Comments on Proposed Mine Draining to Lake Wateree
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation comments on the water monitoring plan (or lack thereof) for a granite quarry application.
Nov 21, 2014 CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER COMPLETES FIRST PCB TESTING OF FISH TISSUE ON LAKE JAMES
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has received results from its September polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) testing of fish tissue on Lake James.
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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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