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Catawba-Wateree

Drought Management Advisory Group

Duke Energy shares a commitment with water users in the basin to ensuring that an abundant water supply is available to communities along the river. Conserving water is a shared responsibility among all water users, including individual households, particularly during drought conditions.

As part of Duke Energy’s Catawba-Wateree hydro relicensing process, a partnership was created to address large water users. This group developed the low inflow protocol (LIP) to establish procedures for reductions in water use during periods of low inflow to the Catawba-Wateree basin.

The goal is to delay the point at which the Project’s available water storage inventory is fully depleted. While there are no actions that can guarantee that the basin won’t experience operability limitations due to low reservoir levels or stream flows, the LIP provides additional time for precipitation to restore stream flow, reservoir levels and groundwater levels to normal ranges.

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group consists of large water users/withdrawers. The group has agreed on the conditions set forth in the LIP and will re-evaluate and modify the LIP periodically. Members include:

  • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (including Division of Water Resources and Division of Water Quality)
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Owners of large water intake structures located on the Catawba-Wateree Project or main stem of the river
  • Owners of large water intake structures located on any tributary stream within the basin that ultimately drains to Lake Wateree
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • Duke Energy

In the LIP, drought stages are determined by the following three indicators:

  • How much water is in the reservoirs
  • How much water is flowing into the reservoirs
  • The U.S. Drought Monitor, a government site that indicates areas experiencing a drought and the drought’s severity

There are five stages, from stage 0 (a watch) to stage 4 (an emergency), and specific actions are detailed for each stage. Duke Energy performs a monthly evaluation of the three indicators and issues a report to all large water users along the Catawba, indicating which stage the basin is in and what actions should be taken to help conserve water.

2022 Advisory Group Meetings

July 12, 2022 Meeting Agenda
July 12, 2022 Meeting Summary

June 14, 2022 Meeting Agenda
June 14, 2022 Meeting Summary

May 10, 2022 Meeting Agenda
May 10, 2022 Meeting Summary

April 12, 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda
April 12, 2022 Annual Meeting Summary

March 8, 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda
March 8, 2022 Annual Meeting Summary

February 8 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2022 Annual Meeting Summary

January 11, 2022 Annual Meeting Agenda
January 11, 2022 Annual Meeting Summary

2021 Advisory Group Meetings

June 9, 2021 Annual Meeting Summary

2020 Advisory Group Meetings

June 17, 2020 Annual Meeting Summary

2019 Advisory Group Meetings

June 11, 2019 Annual Meeting Agenda
June 11, 2019 Annual Meeting Summary

2018 Advisory Group Meetings

June 12, 2018 Annual Meeting Agenda
June 12, 2018 Annual Meeting Summary
February 13, 2018 Conference Call Agenda
February 13, 2018 Conference Call Summary
January 9, 2018 Conference Call Agenda
January 9, 2018 Conference Call Summary

2017 Advisory Group Meetings

December 12, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
December 12, 2017 Conference Call Summary
November 14, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
November 14, 2017 Conference Call Summary
October 11, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
October 11, 2017 Conference Call Summary
September 12, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
September 12, 2017 Conference Call Summary
August 8, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
August 8, 2017 Conference Call Summary
July 11, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
July 11, 2017 Conference Call Summary
June 13, 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda
June 13, 2017 Annual Meeting Summary
May 9, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
May 9, 2017 Conference Call Meeting Summary
April 11, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
April 11, 2017 Conference Call Meeting Summary
March 14, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
March 14, 2017 Conference Call Meeting Summary
February 14, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
February 14, 2017 Conference Call Meeting Summary
January 10, 2017 Conference Call Agenda
January 10, 2017 Conference Call Meeting Summary

2016 Advisory Group Meetings

December 13, 2016 Conference Call Agenda
December 13, 2016 Conference Call Meeting Summary
November 8, 2016 Conference Call Meeting Summary
November 8, 2016 Conference Call Agenda
October 11, 2016 Conference Call Meeting Summary
October 11, 2016 Conference Call Agenda
September 13, 2016 Conference Call Meeting Summary
September 13, 2016 Conference Call Agenda
August 9, 2016 Conference Call Meeting Summary
August 9, 2016 Conference Call Agenda
June 1, 2016 Annual Meeting Summary
June 1, 2016 Annual Meeting Agenda

2015 Advisory Group Meetings

December 8, 2015 Meeting Summary
November 10, 2015 Meeting Summary
November 10, 2015 Conference Call Agenda
October 13, 2015 Conference Call Agenda
September 8, 2015 Meeting Summary
September 8, 2015 Conference Call Agenda
August 11, 2015 Meeting Summary
August 11, 2015 Conference Call Agenda
July 14, 2015 Drought Status Meeting Summary
May 28, 2015 Annual Meeting Summary
May 28, 2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

2014 Advisory Group Meetings

May 22, 2014 Annual Meeting Summary
May 22, 2014 Annual Meeting Agenda