Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report

WATER FOR ALL SUMMIT 2021The Hardest Working River

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This Virtual Summit will bring together industry leaders to learn more about sustainable water resource management and discuss real issues that will impact the future of our shared water supply.

Each day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. we will focus on how we can plan ahead and work together – across jurisdictional lines, industries, and interests – to protect the ecological integrity and extend the resources of the Catawba-Wateree River. We hope you join us for this special two-day event!

Summit Speakers

Day 1 Competing Priorities

Competing Priorities: Lake Levels Panel Discussion

Water levels in the Catawba-Wateree chain of lakes are a result of natural environmental factors combined with Duke Energy’s operation and management of the dams and hydroelectric generation. While goals are established that target maintaining water levels where they benefit most interests, establishing those goals require tradeoffs and balancing risks. When natural environmental events overwhelm the ability to maintain water levels within the target range, the region is impacted in many ways. This discussion will bring to light some of those impacts and the risks that are created by decisions made.

Moderator Brad Boris Director of Water Resources,
City of Morganton

Perspective: Public Utility Radford Thomas Director of Public Utilities,
City of Lenoir

Perspective: Recreation John Searby Executive Director,
The Riverkeeper Foundation

Perspective: Property Owners Shirley Greene Vice Chair,
District 2, Fairfield County Council

Perspective: Habitat & Land Conservation Tim Gestwicki Executive Officer,
NC Wildlife Federation

Perspective: Power & Energy Tami Styer Catawba-Wateree Licensing
Project Manager, Duke Energy

Click on a Speaker’s name to learn more about their unique perspective.

Competing Priorities: Water Quality Panel Discussion

There are no practical alternatives to the Catawba-Wateree River system for supplying drinking water to the two million people who live and work in our region. Protecting this critical resource must be done in a manner that is consistent with the many other uses of the River, some of which could conflict with desirable water supply source characteristics. This discussion will bring together industry experts to discuss how the Catawba-Wateree region can maintain its water supply source in concert with other uses.

Moderator Allison Kraft Public Utilities Director,
Town of Mooresville

Perspective: Regulatory Agency Dr. Mike MarcusBureau Chief of Water, SC DHEC

Perspective: Recreation Mike Vaughn Owner, Great Falls Adventures,
Councilman, Chester County

Perspective: Habitat & Land Conservation Bill Holman NC State Director,
The Conservation Fund

Perspective: Power & Energy Zach Hall Director of Environmental Science, Duke Energy

Perspective: Property Owners Randy Kelley Chairman,
Water Watch of Lake Wateree Association

Click on a Speaker’s name to learn more about their unique perspective.

Day 2 Water & Public Health

COVID-19 & Wastewater Presentation
R Sean Norman, M.Sc., Ph.D.Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Director, Molecular Microbial Ecology Lab

Dr. R. Sean Norman is a microbiologist and an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences within the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina where he directs his microbial ecology laboratory. His research program broadly focuses on examining how microorganisms influence ecosystem and human health. For the past 10 years, his laboratory has been examining local and global patterns of microbial antibiotic resistance gene flow to better understand the socio-ecological coupling of resistance. Most recently, he has been collaborating with the CDC to understand the risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria through bioaerosols generated during the treatment of municipal sewage and with the CDC and SC DHEC to examine the potential of sewage surveillance as part of a State-wide and University-level Covid-19 pandemic response. He is also one of the Principal Investigators on the NIEHS Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions at the University of South Carolina where his laboratory is examining the links between climate change and the distribution and virulence of marine bacterial pathogens.

Water & Public Health Keynote
Peter Grevatt
Peter Grevatt, Ph.D.CEO, The Water Research Foundation

As CEO of The Water Research Foundation (WRF), Peter Grevatt, Ph.D. directs the world’s leading water research cooperative. WRF oversees research and promotes innovation across all aspects of the water sector—in pursuit of ensuring the highest water quality and improving water services to communities across the globe. With approximately 1,200 subscriber members in the U.S. and abroad, the Foundation has over $130 million of contracted research and innovation activities currently underway.

Dr. Grevatt has dedicated over 30 years to the implementation of public health and environmental protection programs, including significant national leadership experience in the water sector. He previously served as Director of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) where he was responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation’s drinking water supply. Dr. Grevatt also served as Senior Advisor to EPA’s Administrator for Children’s Environmental Health and has held leadership roles in EPA’s water quality and national hazardous waste cleanup programs.

Dr. Grevatt is a graduate of New York University Medical Center with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Basic Medical Sciences. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

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