Catawba River

Local News
3:38 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Longtime Advocate Reflects On Health Of Catawba River

Rick Gaskin at the 2013 Catawba River Spider Lily tour.

A longtime voice in the effort to protect and improve the Catawba River basin is stepping down. Rick Gaskins, the executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, leaves in June. Gaskins is a Charlotte attorney who started as a volunteer with the group shortly after it formed in 1998. Gaskins remembers spending his summers as a child, playing in creeks. Today, he has a more complex understanding of the Charlotte region's system of rivers and lakes.

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014


The French Broad River near Hot Springs, N.C.
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North Carolina is a diverse state. With mountains, piedmont plains, lowland marsh and shoreline, the state has just about every kind of geography one can imagine. One common thread of all of this diversity is water. North Carolina has a huge network of streams, rivers and lakes. Water is important to the state but it's also a focal point for politics and power. Today, we meet three riverkeepers from different parts of the state to find out if the politics of water is the same everywhere or if each riverkeeper has  unique set of challenges and goals. 

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Local News
8:50 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Utilities Seek To Address Catawba's Eventual Water Shortages

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Almost two million people in the Carolinas rely on the Catawba River, or the Wateree River, which it becomes in South Carolina. This week, the region’s water utilities released what they call the most significant plan for the Catawba’s water supply since reservoirs were built in the early 1900s.

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Charlotte Observer
10:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Community Battles Flood Waters In Cramerton

Flooding in downtown Cramerton on Monday. The Catawba river crested seven feet above flood stage early Monday.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The worst flooding in 40 years sent water from the South Fork Catawba River to the edge of homes and businesses in the Gaston County town of Cramerton early Monday, but a a community-wide sandbagging effort by volunteers appeared to prevent serious damage.

  Water levels began dropping around sunrise, but authorities say they expect the river to remain above flood level for the rest of the day.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Catawba Riverkeeper: State Of The River

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation works to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin's lakes, streams and rivers. The Foundation says that 1.7 million people in our region depend on the Catawba River. The Catawba has been labeled as “endangered” by multiple organizations in recent years, and in the past, we've discussed the reasons for that endangerment. Today, we'll check in with the Catawba Riverkeeper to find out the current state of the Catawba River, and about many of the issues the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is following, including water levels in the area due to all the rain we've been having, long term water quantity, and much more, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
9:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lawsuit Against Duke Ash Ponds Is A Reversal For State

Riverbend Steam Station
Credit Duke Energy

A recently shuttered coal plant sits on the Catawba River in Gaston County, and state environmental officials say it’s seeping heavy metals precariously close to Charlotte’s water supply. This week, the N.C. Division of Water Quality added that coal plant to a lawsuit against Duke Energy—the plant’s owner. The state has had evidence of violations for two years, but declined to act until recently.

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Charlotte Observer
4:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Emergency Officials Warn Residents On Catawba River About Rising Water

Charlotte Firefighters work to warn folks of the flooding danger along Riverside Drive which is closed due to flooding along the Catawba River in western Mecklenburg County. Firefighters were going door-to-door warning people about flooding.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

  Residents along the Catawba River should remain vigilant through tonight for rising waters caused by this week’s heavy rains, Duke Energy and emergency management officials warned.

A road in Charlotte was blocked Tuesday and firefighters were going door-to-door warning people about flooding along the Catawba River.

Water flowed downstream after mountain counties received heavy rainfall Monday. Some areas of the mountains got as much as seven inches of rain. Charlotte received 1.6 inches of rain, breaking a precipitation record.

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