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.
CWWMG Annual Meeting: The 2015 Annual Meeting of the CWWMG is scheduled for December 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant in Huntersville, NC.
November 2, 2015 - Continued rainfall has greatly improved conditions in the region yet the Catawba-Wateree River Basin remains in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) according to the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG).
The CW-DMAG works collaboratively to monitor and respond to drought conditions. Under the LIP, data is collected and measured for three drought triggers; the results dictate the drought stage. The three drought triggers include the amount of remaining usable water in the lakes, stream flow averages, and the U.S. Drought Monitor for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Summer temperatures and below-average rainfall for the season have kept two of the three triggers in Stage 1 condition. Storage in the reservoirs is back up in the normal range but the six-month stream flow averages and the U.S. Drought monitor will take additional time to fully recover.
The difference between the U.S. Drought Monitor and our regional drought stages can be confusing. Charlotte Water has a great article addressing this on their blog "The U.S. Drought Monitor Says Severe, So Why is CLTWater Asking for Voluntary Conservation?"
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