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Save Our Lake Organization of Lake Norman Articles - Most Endangered River
by Rick Gaskins

The Catawba River Designated As America’s Most Endangered River

Each year, American Rivers, a national river advocacy organization, solicits nominations from thousands of river groups, environmental organizations, outdoor clubs, local governments, and taxpayer watchdogs for the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report. The report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures and presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river. This #1 designation is the first of its kind in the Carolinas.

While the entire region suffers from water mismanagement during historic drought and concerns over unregulated water supply, the outdated policies currently threatening the Catawba-Wateree River are especially egregious. Unless immediate changes are implemented, the river that provides drinking water for millions of people, pumps tens of millions of dollars into local economies, and is directly responsible for thousands of jobs could be irreparably damaged; and the communities that depend on it will suffer.
The population explosion in the Charlotte region has left decision makers in both North and South Carolina flummoxed when it comes to water policy. Neither state has anything that resembles a sustainable long term water plan. Conservation measures are only implemented after things get bad, not year round.

“We need a real water policy that relies on common sense thinking, not theft as its main component,” said Catawba Riverkeeper® David Merryman. “”

Each year at least 10 million people flock to the Catawba river to enjoy a variety of recreationally based industries including boating, camping, hiking and fishing. Those millions of tourists leave almost 100 million dollars behind, helping drive local economies throughout the region. This recreation economy supports thousands of jobs. Meanwhile, the river helps power both states through 11 hydropower plants, 4 coal plants, and 2 nuclear power facilities. Decreased water flows could force these facilities to be taken off line. Several paper plants, textile factories and chemical facilities also depend on the river the water to keep their businesses afloat. It is said that the catawba River or lake Norman could be dry by 2035 if we keep demanding that this river do more. No water for the river means no water for the businesses and eventually no jobs for the people.

“Thousands of people depend daily on the Catawba river to put food on their table, and money in their bank accounts,” added Merryman. “
For more information about the Most Endangered Rivers Designation, click on the following link: American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers List. To take action, go to: https://secure2.convio.net/amr/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1019 .

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