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 2022. An in-person summit will be held on March 30, 2022, to recognize academy participants who met all requirements.

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
  • Environmental issues affecting the River’s ecosystem
  • Impacts of land use on water quality
  • Plants, animals, and the Catawba River

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 January 7, 2022. If you have any additional questions, you can contact Barry Gullet at

Session Topics and Dates

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – Introduction to Citizens’ Water Academy & CWWMG
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Rivulets, opossums, and burning bridges - History of the Catawba
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Why does Duke Energy "run" the Catawba River and Lakes?
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 - Why does Duke Energy "run" the Catawba River and Lakes? (Continued)
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – Power Generation and the Catawba
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 – Plants and Animals and the Catawba
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Water Utilities and the Catawba-Wateree
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022– Planning for the Future: The Integrated Water Plan
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 - Water Utility Operations
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - Storm Water Challenges - Who's in charge of water quality?
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 - Impacts of Land Use on Water Quality
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Riverkeepers, Land Conservancies, Conservation Funds and Marine Commissions
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 - The Catawba’s attraction to Real Estate and Development
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Lakes and “Their Towns”
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Recreation Overview
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 - Wrap up and Adjourn
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – Water for All Summit




Previous Citizens' Water Academies

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drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2021

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2020

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2019

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!