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 offer the Citizens’ Water Academy. Our Group launched the Citizens' Water Academy to prepare current and aspiring leaders to make informed decisions about critical water resources and related infrastructure. The goal of the Academy is to educate environmental stewards, who understand the importance of planning for a safe and sustainable water future and will advocate for protecting our shared water supply in their communities.

The Citizens’ Water Academy will provide in-depth information about water resource management during one-hour virtual sessions held throughout January, February, and March of 2021.

The Catawba River is a powerful, yet fragile, natural resource that supports and connects our communities. The primary water source for nearly 2 million people, our river supports a thriving economy and is a catalyst for growth and development throughout the region.

Lecturers representing Duke Energy, utilities throughout the region, state, county and local government and advocacy groups will offer sessions touching on:

  • The Catawba as a drinking water source
  • The impacts of Land Use on Water Quality
  • Future challenges to water quantity and quality
  • The history of the Catawba
  • Environmental issues affecting the River’s powerful yet fragile ecosystem

In addition to access to regional leaders in this industry, program participants will have the opportunity to explore local water treatment plant facilities if public health restrictions allow.

The Academy is free of charge for participants, but to participate you must register on Eventbrite before 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021. If you have any additional questions, you can contact Barry Gullet at

Session Topics and Dates

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Introduction to Citizens’ Water Academy & CWWMG
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Rivulets, opssums, and burning bridges - History of the Catawba
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Why does Duke Energy "run" the Catawba River and Lakes?
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - Why does Duke Energy "run" the Catawba River and Lakes?
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - What is "Lake Management?"
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021 - How the Catawba keeps the power flowing
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - Quenching the thirst:  The Catawba as a Drinking Water Source - Part 1
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Quenching the thirst:  The Catawba as a Drinking Water Source - Part 2
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - Water Utility Organization and Operations
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Storm Water Challenges - Who's in charge of water quality?
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - Impacts of Land Use on Water Quality
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 -  RiverKeepers, Land Conservancies, Conservation Funds and Marine Commissions
  • Tuesday , March 2, 2021 - The Catawba attraction to Real Estate and Development
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Lakes and “Their Towns”
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – Recreation Overview
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Wrap up and Adjourn
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Water for All Summit




Previous Citizens' Water Academies

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drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2019

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2020

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!

We just wrapped up our Citizens’ Water Academy 2020. Interested in joining a future class? Please email