Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report


News Release - Stage 0 Drought

Jan 16, 2024: The Catawba-Wateree River Basin has recovered from Stage 1 to Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) for the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project. Due to recent rain, the Six-Month Long-Term Average Streamflow for selected tributary USGS streamflow gages and the Reservoir Storage as a % of Storage Index improved to Normal levels; however, the three-month average of the US Drought Monitor Stage remains at a Stage 0 level at this time. To recover fully to the Normal stage overall, all triggers must recover.

Lake Level Information

Duke Energy maintains a comprehensive website with lake level information that can be found here.

Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG)

As part of Duke Energy’s Catawba-Wateree hydro relicensing process, the CW-DMAG was created to address water use by large water users and entities with water intakes. Each year since 2006 the CW-DMAG, in collaboration with the CWWMG member utilities, has collected and analyzed extensive water use data for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The results are summarized in an annual report; copies are provided below. For additional information about the CW-DMAG visit Duke Energy CW-DMAG.

The CW-DMAG Annual Meeting was held June 14, 2022. 

The CW-DMAG also conducts periodic reviews of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP), the written protocol that provides procedures for how the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project will be operated by Duke Energy, as well as water withdrawal reduction measures and goals for other water users, during periods of low inflow (i.e., drought conditions). Click here to read the current LIP, approved in January 2019: Low Inflow Protocol for the Catawba-Wateree Project.