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About the Catawba-Wateree

The Catawba-Wateree is the backbone of Duke Energy's generation fleet

The Catawba River begins in western North Carolina and flows easterly and southerly into South Carolina, where it joins Big Wateree Creek to form the Wateree River. The Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project is comprised of 13 hydropower stations and 11 reservoirs, including the James, Rhodhiss, Hickory, Lookout Shoals, Norman, Mountain Island, Wylie, Fishing Creek, Great Falls, Rocky Creek, and Wateree lakes. The Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project spans over 200 river miles and encompasses approximately 1,700 miles of shoreline within nine counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina. It is the backbone of Duke Power's generation fleet, providing 841 megawatts of renewable hydropower and cooling water to more than 8,100 megawatts of fossil and nuclear generation.