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Catawba River Basin

Catawba River Basin

Winding 225 miles through North Carolina and South Carolina, the Catawba River is host to an incredible abundance of native plant and animal communities, including the rare Rocky Shoals Spider Lily. Bald eagles, ospreys and other wildlife also thrive throughout the river’s natural surroundings.

Derived from a local Native American word for “people of the river” the Catawba is a valuable resource for the residents of the Piedmont Carolinas. It is a source for electricity, provides drinking water for hundreds of communities, and offers countless recreational opportunities that help make the region a wonderful place to live.

At Duke Energy, we’ve teamed with numerous local and state agencies and environmental organizations over the years to ensure that this valuable resource will always be preserved and protected.