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American Rivers Reaches Agreement in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing

Coalition member American Rivers has reached a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and other stakeholders as part of the license renewal for the Catawba-Wateree project in North Carolina.

The agreement ends a five-year legal stalemate over the issuance of a state water quality permit needed for Duke’s new operating license for the Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project.

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Whitewater Boating Tests a Great Success at Catawba's Great Falls

Located just one hour from the Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC metropolitan areas, the Great Falls of the Catawba River has potential as a whitewater boating hotspot for the area. On October 23 and 24, a flow study conducted by Duke Power and attended by kayakers from throughout the region confirmed that Great Falls holds great promise as a highly coveted recreational boating stretch. The Catawba River, dammed since the early part of the century for hydropower development, is almost dry through the Great Falls channel due to diversion dams that shunt the river's flow to a powerhouse.

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Great Flows for Great Falls, North Carolina!

In late 2002, Duke Power applied to FERC to amend its license for the Catawba-Wateree project requesting modification of the project boundary to exclude two bypass reaches – stretches of riverbed where the natural water flow is diverted to generate power. One of these bypassed reaches was once the Great Falls of the Catawba, a series of high rapids neighboring a town which took the name Great Falls in regard for the local scenery.

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