We need to stand together and speak up for clean, safe water at the upcoming coal ash meetings.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) is hosting public information sessions before deciding how to require Duke Energy to manage the coal ash stored on the banks of Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has made cleaning up coal ash a priority for the last decade. Thanks to our members and the Southern Environmental Law Center, we’ve secured coal ash cleanups on the Wateree River and on Mountain Island Lake.

With the fate of coal ash on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie to be determined by the state in April, we must urge NC DEQ to require that coal ash be moved from the banks of our lakes to lined landfills or be recycled.

This is your last chance to give your input on an issue that affects everyone who depends on and enjoys our lakes. Your presence at these meetings is crucial.

Join me and Riverkeeper Brandon Jones at an information meeting near you.

The Lake Norman meeting is this Thursday (January 17) at 6 PM at Sherrills Ford Elementary School. 

The Lake Wylie meeting is Tuesday, January 29 at 6 PM at Stuart Cramer High School in Belmont.

You can read this summary or see our website for background information on the issue, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s position, and details about the upcoming meetings.

While these information sessions are not official public comment periods, showing up and speaking up matters. You can email NC DEQ at this link.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at emilee@catawbariverkeeper.orgbrandon@catawbariverkeeper.org, or 704-679-9494.

Let’s ensure that our water is safe today, tomorrow and for future generations.

Emilee Syrewicze
Executive Director