Catawba Wateree Water Management Group 2015 Annual Report

WATER FOR ALL SUMMIT 2022Investing in Our Infrastructure

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In the Catawba-Wateree region, we have aging infrastructure, infrastructure in need of upgrades, changing demands and new technologies. And many of these infrastructure needs are interrelated.

This Summit will bring together industry leaders across our Basin to talk about what infrastructure means when it comes to the Catawba-Wateree, trends in future infrastructure investments, and how we can work together to position ourselves for better investments. Additional topics of discussion include:

  • The Infrastructure Bill’s Impact on North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Climate’s Impact on Water Infrastructure
  • Duke Energy’s Vision for the Future
  • The Evolution of Better Decision Making
  • Community Investment

We will focus on how we can plan ahead and work together – across jurisdictional lines, industries, and interests – to extend the resources of the Catawba-Wateree River.

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Keynote Speaker

Catherine Coleman Flowers

Environmental Justice Activist and Founder Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

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The Infrastructure Bill’s Impact on North Carolina and South Carolina

Shadi Eskaf

Director of Water Infrastructure North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

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Kim Colson

Former Director Division of Water Infrastructure, Department of Environmental Quality; Regulatory and Funding Strategy Lead HDR Engineering, Inc. of the Carolinas

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Bonnie Ammons

Executive Director South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority

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Duke Energy's Vision for the Future

The Catawba-Wateree is the first river in the United States that was comprehensively planned and developed for electricity production. The River is home to about 25% of Duke Energy’s total generating capacity in the Carolinas. In 2019, Duke Energy’s 13 hydropower stations, two nuclear stations, two coal-fired stations, and one combustion turbine station produced enough electricity to power over four million homes. With so many people relying on the River, understand Duke Energy’s Strategic Vision for the future of the Catawba-Wateree system.

Regis Repko

Senior Vice President of Generation and Transmission Strategy Duke Energy

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Climate’s Impact to Water Infrastructure

Climate change is expected to have a sustained and significant impact on the Earth’s natural resources, especially water resources. Climate scientists predict the ongoing rise of average global surface temperatures will lead to the intensification of the global hydrological cycle, which will cause changes in precipitation patterns and increase the rates of evaporation. These predicted changes in precipitation patterns would lead to more intense and frequent weather extremes. This means that flooding and drought events are likely to become more severe and more frequent in river basins like the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

Kathie Dello, Ph.D.

Director/State Climatologist North Carolina State Climate Office

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Hope Mizzell

State Climatologist South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Carolinas

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Evolution of Better Decision Making

Peter Colohan

Director, Internet of Water Center for Geospatial Solutions, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Ken Rentiers

Deputy Director for Land, Water and ConservationSCDNR

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The CWWMG is closely monitoring CDC guidelines and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the Water for All Summit is a safe gathering. We ask that all unvaccinated attendees wear a mask for the duration of the event when unable to social distance. The following measures will be implemented at the venue to foster safety for all attendees:

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue
  • Maximum of 6 attendees per table
  • All meals served by catering staff
  • Disinfectant cleaning of the venue prior to attendee arrival
  • Periodic cleaning of surfaces within the event space throughout the duration of the program
  • Access to outdoor area for fresh air breaks


Which discussion topics are you most looking forward to? Tell us!

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