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Project Area Description

The Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2232) is located on the Catawba River, which begins in western North Carolina and flows easterly and southerly into South Carolina, where it joins Big Wateree Creek to form the Wateree River (see Figure 1.1-1). The Catawba-Wateree Project is comprised of 13 hydropower plants and 11 developments, including the James (Bridgewater), Rhodhiss, Hickory (Oxford), Lookout Shoals, Norman (Cowans Ford), Mountain Island, Wylie, Fishing Creek, Great Falls, Cedar Creek, and Wateree reservoirs. The Catawba-Wateree Project spans over 200 river miles and encompasses approximately 1,800 miles of shoreline within nine counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina.

Summary of Catawba-Wateree Project Reservoir Characteristics

Reservoir Full Pond Contour (MSL) Surface Area (acres) Shoreline Miles* Island Acreage County/State
James 1200.0 6,754 153.0 91 Burke/McDowell,
North Carolina
Rhodhiss 995.1 2,724 106.8 2 Burke/Caldwell,
North Carolina
Hickory 935.0 4,072 115.7 0 Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/
Catawba, North Carolina
Lookout Shoals 838.1 1,155 35.2 27 Alexander/Catawba/Iredell,
North Carolina
Norman 760.0 32,339 603.1 175 Mecklenburg/Iredell/
Catawba/Lincoln,
North Carolina
Mountain Island 647.5 3,117 96.5 47 Mecklenburg/Lincoln/
Gaston, North Carolina
Wylie 569.4 12,177 348.5 35 Gaston/Mecklenburg, North Carolina/York, South Carolina
Fishing Creek 417.2 3,431 85.1 62 Lancaster/Chester,
South Carolina
Great Falls 355.8 353 13.1 806 Chester/Lancaster/
Fairfield, South Carolina
Wateree 225.5 13,025 214.9 56 Lancaster/Kershaw/
Fairfield, South Carolina
Total   79,895 1,795.1 1,419  

* Estimate includes reservoir shoreline and island shoreline miles at full pond.