Riverkeeper

http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/

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.


Riverkeepers

Aug 8, 2014
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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. 


The Catawba Riverkeeper has identified a handful of places where water from Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds are seeping into Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie. 

Catawba Riverkeeper Rick Gaskins has found four leaks, or what are called seepages, into the two lakes that provide drinking water to the Charlotte area.  The seepages bubble up from the ground. 

“The ones that are the easiest to spot have generally an orange-ish color to them,” says Gaskins.