Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One water fight settled

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Thanks to the Catawba River, Charlotte thrives. With more and more people moving into the area daily, and because of the demands industry puts on the river, the Catawba is a hot commodity. But, after a decade-long battle, two Charlotte-area cities have stopped bickering.

A bitter fight over water from the Catawba River ended Tuesday night as Concord and Kannapolis agreed to take less water during droughts and Catawba communities voted to stop their legal appeals.

A state environmental panel allowed the cities in 2007 to pull up to 10million gallons a day from the Catawba and the neighboring Yadkin River. A coalition of 18 Catawba communities, and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, filed an appeal before a state administrative court.

In votes Tuesday night, elected officials on both sides of the conflict - including Concord, Kannapolis and the Catawba basin city of Hickory - agreed to stop the fighting. Elected officials in other Catawba communities also were expected to sign.

Concord and Kannapolis agreed to limit their withdrawals during drought. Depending upon the severity of the dry spell, they will take 6million to 9million gallons a day.

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article, by Bruce Henderson, here.

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