Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report

Research and Technical

CWWMG supports projects that define ways to ecologically preserve, extend, and enhance the capabilities of the Catawba and Wateree Rivers and address these goals:

  • Improve the region's ability to monitor and respond to droughts
  • Improve its understanding of landscape irrigation, one of the region's largest seasonal uses of water
  • Initiate systems to better coordinate and improve member communications with customers, state regulators, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and disseminate information to help the region better understand the importance of water and wastewater today and in the future
  • Further explore feasible approaches to extend the availability of water from the Catawba-Wateree River

Some projects are completed within one year while others, like the basin-wide Water Supply Master Plan span multiple years.

Project Name Description Status
Sediment Monitoring Project Sedimentation was measured over a five-year period at several strategic locations in the 11-lake system to verify long-term water storage loss assumptions in the water quantity model. Completed
Water Use Efficiency Plan Developed to set appropriate, measureable goals to drive water use efficiency improvements and develop a prioritized action plan to meet the established goals. In Progress
Raw Water Intake Contingency Plan A two-phase project to evaluate and report on contingency opportunities for the 18 CWWMG members. Completed
LIP Response Evaluation Project Developing a consistent method to compare actual drought response to water savings goals established by the Low Inflow Protocol. Completed
USGS Groundwater Well Project To construct a groundwater-level monitoring network for the Basin to assist water managers in assessing hydrologic and water supply conditions. In Progress
Rhodhiss Trailrace Nutrient Study Proposed to review and analyze the historic nutrient levels in Lake Rhodhiss. In Progress
Lakefront Smart Irrigation Study To quantify the amount of water withdrawn for irrigation by the lakeside properties, as well as look for ways to conserve the water supply. Completed
Safe Yield Research Project Tailored collaboration research project with the Water Research Foundation to define and enhance the safe yield of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Completed
Water Supply Master Plan Phase III   In Progress
Water Research Foundation   In Progress
Water Audit & Water Loss Management   In Progress