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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.

Upcoming Events

CWWMG Regular Meeting:  The next regular meeting of the CWWMG is scheduled for October 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant in Huntersville, NC.

News Release

Catawba-Wateree River Basin remains in Stage 1 of drought protocol due to continued hot weather and low rainfall

September 1, 2015 - Despite the much needed and beneficial rainfall the past month, 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).

Based on the drought status, water suppliers will continue promoting voluntary water conservation measures. Residents are encouraged to continue the specific recommendations suggested by their local water provider.

Summer temperatures and below-average rainfall for the season kept two of the three LIP drought indicators (triggers) in Stage 1, including water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project and streamflows feeding the reservoirs. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates drought conditions in the Basin. “We appreciate the continued mindful use of water by the community as we enter the typically drier end of summer and beginning of fall season,” explained Kevin Greer, PE, Assistant Public Services Director for the City of Hickory. “Although we received some rainfall in the Basin, it hasn’t been enough to substantially improve conditions.”  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