Centralina’s region is located within two water basins: the Catawba and the Yadkin Pee Dee. Issues and opportunities related to water quality and quantity run throughout the region and are not limited by jurisdictional boundaries. It is a resource where the region can work together to promote and protect. Over the years Centralina has been involved in a variety of water related issues, primarily as program and grant administrators and occasionally as subject matter experts. Centralina currently is responsible for the administration of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission. Staff also is involved in local watershed planning and similar projects that convene local, state, and federal stakeholders around water resource issues. Centralina recognizes the value of this resource and continues to examine other ways to establish partnerships to further enhance our region’s water resources.

Water Infrastructure Planning & Financing: A Workshop for Rethinking, Reinvesting & Reinvigorating Our Water Systems

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Centralina COG hosted a workshop for elected officials, public utilities directors, local government staff and private sector representatives.  The workshop focused on issues and challenges our community’s water systems are facing and what tools and resources are available to begin addressing these challenges.

Speakers included:

  • Jim Prosser, CCOG
  • Mayor Miles Atkins, Mayor of Mooresville
  • Mark Cline, Charleston Water System
  • Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
  • Seth Robertson, NC Division of Water Infrastructure

Regional Water Workshop Agenda

Water Infrastructure Workshop Presentations

Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group

To identify, fund, and manage projects that will help preserve, extend, and enhance the capabilities of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin to provide water resources for human needs while maintaining the ecological integrity of the waterway.

A key driver for the communities that comprise the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group is the recognition that if we keep dealing with water in the same manner we have historically, we will not be able to meet anticipated needs. Realizing this fact led to the formation of the CWWMG with the mission of addressing the needs of the Catawba-Wateree Basin. Incorporated in late 2007, this 501(c)(3) non-profit group came out of the three and one-half year stakeholder process associated with Duke Energy’s re-licensing of the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project, part of a Comprehensive Re-licensing Agreement (CRA) that defines how the Basin will be managed for the next 40 to 50 years. Their full site is available here: http://www.catawbawatereewmg.org/index.php.


Water Master Supply Plan for the Catawba-Wateree River

The Catawba-Wateree River is a significant water supply source for this region. A Master Plan has been developed to help us all understand the supply limitations and what we can do to meet our needs. Communities in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin have an approaching problem. Without a significant and regionally coordinated plan to manage water consumption, the region could run out of water with the next century with increasing demands. The Catawba-Wateree Water Management group has been working with their regional partners since 2007 to address this complex issue and have created a basin-wide Water Supply Master Plan (WSMP) to ensure our water supply will fully support the growing needs of the region through the next century.

For more information, visit the full project site at http://www.catawbawatereewmg.org/index.php/our-work/water-supply-master-plan.

Yadkin-Pee Dee Water Management Group

The Yadkin-Pee Dee Water Management Group works together to plan for the water supply of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin. The group has a goal of defining the basin’s role in a long-term sustainable and secure regional water supply for the Yadkin-Pee Dee region, and by operating under the principles of regional collaboration, sustainable water supply, environmental stewardship, mutual and collective benefit, shared responsibility, equal representation, and financial stability. For more information, visit their page at http://www.ypdwater.org/.


Lake Wylie Marine Commission

Established in 1987, the Lake Wylie Marine Commission is a federally established body of citizens appointed by the governments of the three counties that border Lake Wylie – Gaston and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina.

The Commission has nine members with three members each appointed by the Gaston and Mecklenburg Board of Commissioners and the York County Council. Each county provides equal funding annually for the Commission’s work.

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission’s mission is to promote public policies and support regulations for the preservation of Lake Wylie and its wildlife and for the education and safety of the citizens who use this beautiful natural resource.

You can learn more by visiting http://www.lakewyliemarinecommission.com/ or contacting Emily Parker at 704-688-6507 or eparker@centralina.org.