Although there has been an increase in the use of renewable energy sources, the majority of electricity is still generated by nuclear or fossil fuel plants, which consume large amounts of cooling water. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Catawba-Wateree River is the fourth most stressed river from power production in the United States. Every day, 75 million gallons of water are lost during the process of power generation on the Catawba River. An additional unknown amount of water is lost through evaporation after cooling water is discharged back into the river.
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