Water quality remains degraded in much of the country. Pollution discharges have persisted well beyond the original goals of the Clean Water Act of 1972. Federal, state and local agencies are increasingly challenged to monitor, sample and enforce because of limited budgets. Nonprofit and citizen roles have elevated in recent years to serve as a network of eyes and ears able to identify, document and report pollution with both spatial and temporal resolutions unattainable by regulatory agencies alone. For 20 years, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) and its vast network of volunteers and members have served this role. Today, CRF is utilizing public records and technology, from GIS mapping to a phone application, to enhance this role. CRF is itself looking (as well as helping the public to look) at growing digital databases of information to be able to better investigate areas of concern, report what is seen and coordinate taking action to protect the water we all depend on and enjoy. Charlotte lies in the middle of the Catawba River basin, which has 2 million people in 5,000 square miles across 26 counties in the Carolinas. This is a very densely populated and extremely unique river system for the constant in-line damming, lake front development, and potent water demands – thermoelectric power generation, drinking water, agriculture and waste receiving.
Information & Amenities
Age Range:Adults (21+)
Facility Amenities:Accessible by Public Transportation
General Information:Hours of Operation: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location:Center City (Uptown)
Type:Lecture, Seminar & Workshop