Catawba River endangered

Discussion in 'NORTH CAROLINA RIVERS TALK' started by Mac-b, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The Catawba River was declared to be the most endangered river in American this past week. As most of you know, the Catawba River furnishes water for several lakes in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    It appears that too much water is being drawn from the Catawba River for residential, commercial and industrial use and this use is expected to double in the next fifty years. In 2007 with the drought we had to sanction water usuage all along the river. Can you imagine how it will be in fifty years when the use doubles.

    This problem was featured in the Charlotte Observer on April 17, 2008 and was titled "AT A CROSSROADS". Check it out at www.charlotte.com.

    The Catawba River is 225 miles long to the Wateree River. Water held in reservoirs equals 769 billion gallons. Current water use in 2006 was 420 million gallons a day and the projected water use in 2058 is estimated to be 946 million gallons a day. There is 1,727 miles of shoreline and 44% of that is developed with 22% already zoned for future development.
     
  2. cdsova

    cdsova New Member

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    and the rich get richer...
     

  3. Topname

    Topname New Member

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    Thats what my sup said at work too many people not enough water
     
  4. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    we need more impound/lakes
     
  5. rahughes

    rahughes New Member

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    Crazy just crazy
     
  6. Bream baiter

    Bream baiter New Member

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    Best place I can think of for a newe impoundment is just below Wylie. I know it would be expensive but they could increase water holding capcity of our lakes by removing some of those huge rocks.
     
  7. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    "...Water held in reservoirs equals 769 billion gallons...."

    I would be willing to bet that it's "trillions", not billions.

    Anyway you spell it I bet that the problems we saw last year with low water will become more and more common in future years.