Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report


Citizens' Water Academy

About the Citizens’ Water Academy

The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group is excited to offer our Citizens’ Water Academy in 2023. Our group launched the Citizens' Water Academy to prepare current and aspiring leaders to make informed decisions about critical water resources and related infrastructure. The goal of the Academy is to educate environmental stewards who understand the importance of planning for a safe and sustainable water future and will advocate for protecting our shared water supply in their communities.

The Catawba River is a powerful, yet fragile, natural resource that supports and connects our communities. The primary water source for nearly two million people, our river supports a thriving economy and is a catalyst for growth and development throughout the region.

Registration for the 2023 Citizens’ Water Academy is now open.

Participants will take part in 1.5-hour virtual sessions held throughout January, February, and March of 2023. There will also be in-person opportunities to tour water treatment facilities and other locations significant to our Basin.

Registration closes January 13, 2023. If you have any additional questions, please contact


Register for the 2023 Academy


Tentative Academy Schedule

Introduction to the Basin
Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In-person Session - Location TBD

History of the Catawba
Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Catawba Cultural Center, Rock Hill, SC

Duke Energy's Role in the River
Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Water Utility Operations
Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Water Treatment Facilities - Various Locations

Storm Water Challenges - Who's in Charge of Water Quality
Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Local Advocates
Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Catawba Riverkeeper Headquarters, McAdenville, NC

Land Use Impacts on Water Quality
Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Recreation and Development in the Catawba
Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session

Integrated Water Resources Plan
Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Virtual Session




Previous Citizens' Water Academies

Select an Academy year to view session information and materials

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2022

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2021

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2020

drip-icon-1.pngCitizens' Water Academy 2019

Who Should Enroll in the Citizens’ Water Academy?


If you are (or know someone that is!):

  • A current or up-and-coming civic, utility and/or industry leader
  • A public official interested in local and/or regional water resource management
  • A community advocate interested in water issues
  • A curious student interested in advocating for the environment

And are interested in influencing public policy, supporting environmental stewardship, and educating about water issues, then this program is for you!