Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report


Citizens' Water Academy

About the Citizens’ Water Academy

The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group is excited to host the Citizens’ Water Academy for its sixth year in 2024. Our group has been proudly offering the Citizens’ Water Academy to prepare current and aspiring leaders for several years. The Academy's mission remains unwavering: to equip individuals with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions regarding critical water resources and related infrastructure. Our goal is to cultivate environmental stewards who grasp the significance of planning for a secure and sustainable water future and who will passionately advocate for safeguarding our shared water supply within their respective communities.

The Catawba River, a powerful yet delicate natural resource, plays a vital role in connecting and sustaining our communities. Serving as the primary water source for nearly two million people, our river bolsters a thriving economy and serves as a catalyst for regional growth and development.


2024 Academy Schedule

Section 1: About the River and the Watershed

Module 1: Introduction to the Basin
January 20, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Quest Nature Center, Huntersville, NC

Module 2: History of the Catawba
January 27, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Catawba Cultural Center, Rock Hill, SC

Section 2: How and Who Manages the River

Module 3: Duke Energy's Role in the River
February 1, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Module 4: Storm Water Challenges - Who's in Charge of Water Quality
February 8, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Module 5: Water Utility Operations
February 10, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Water Treatment Facilities - Various Locations

Module 6: Local Advocates
February 15, 2024 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Catawba Riverkeeper Headquarters, McAdenville, NC

Section 3: Addressing the Future

Module 7: Land Use Impacts on Water Quality
Feburary 22, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Module 8: Recreation and Development in the Catawba
February 29, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Module 9: Integrated Water Resources Plan
March 7, 2024 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session




Visit our Youtube channel to watch sessions from past academies.

Who Should Enroll in the Citizens’ Water Academy?


If you are (or know someone that is!):

  • A current or up-and-coming civic, utility and/or industry leader
  • A public official interested in local and/or regional water resource management
  • A community advocate interested in water issues
  • A curious student interested in advocating for the environment

And are interested in influencing public policy, supporting environmental stewardship, and educating about water issues, then this program is for you!