The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group (CWWMG) serves 4,750 square miles that drain into the Catawba river, providing water for neighbors from Morganton, NC to Camden, SC.
The CWWMG exists to identify, fund, and manage projects that help extend and enhance the capacity of the Catawba-Wateree River to meet human water needs (water supply, power production, industry, agriculture, and commerce) while maintaining the ecological health of the waterway.
Continued Hot Weather and Low Rainfall Puts Catawba-Wateree Basin in Stage 1 of Drought Protocol
July 20, 2015 - The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) today announced continued dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP).
Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy. The LIP is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions.
“While some areas of the Basin have received scattered rainfall, the lack of widespread precipitation the past several weeks and high temperatures have resulted in increased drought conditions,” said Ed Bruce, P.E., Duke Energy, CW-DMAG coordinator. “We are asking the community to conserve water and energy as we enter the height of the summer season and the typically drier fall period.” Read the full press release
Water Supply Master Plan Addendum Released
June 2015 - The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group (CWWMG) published the Catawba-Wateree River Basin Water Supply Master Plan in May 2014. This document identified the current challenges associated with a limited water supply especially during periods of drought. It also identified a series of recommendations that could extend the regional water supply capacity of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin into the next century. The plan took several years to complete and was guided by the CWWMG and an external Stakeholder Advisory Team.
Once published, the CWWMG undertook a public outreach effort that included a press release, numerous public presentations, and other external communications. The CWWMG also sought resolutions of support for the plan from the governing bodies of each of the CWWMG members. This initial public outreach effort allowed for extensive input by other regional stakeholders regarding the Water Supply Master Plan. Since the plan is scheduled to be updated routinely, the CWWMG published an addendum to the document in June in an effort to capture the feedback received during this initial roll-out. The primary goal of the addendum is to address any necessary corrections and clarifications that have been identified and to provide valuable input into the next update of the Water Supply Master Plan. Read the complete addendum at the following link. WSMP Addendum
CWWMG Regular Meeting: The next regular meeting of the CWWMG is scheduled for August 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant in Huntersville, NC.