Catawba river basin

By: Chad Everett & Zachary Parker

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Location on Catawba River Basin

The river basin is located just in North Carolina and South Carolina. The headwaters are located in Grandfather Mountain (near Blowing Rock) and the mouth is located in Lake Wateree.

Miles and Population

The Catawba River Basin is approximately 9389 miles long, containing many rivers and streams. About 1,560,563 people live in the Catawba River Basin.

Important Places/Land Forms

Some important places in the Catawba River Basin are Grandfather Mountain, Catawba Falls, Linville gorge, Landsford Canal, and the city of Charlotte.

Non-Point Source Pollutions

One non-point source of pollution is storm water run-off from construction sites carrying sediments to the river basin. To fix this, we could filter the water or cut it off from the river basin by building a dam. Another non-point source of pollution is landscape materials and yard waste are in the street gutters and storm drains. To fix this, we could tell the people who live in this river basin to NOT leave their yard waste lying around and we should educate them on how to dispose of it properly.

Point Source Pollution

One example of point source pollution is the 44 hazardous ash ponds that pollute the water. To fix this, we could get volunteers to pick up the ash ponds so they don't pollute the water anymore.Another example of a point source pollution is the motor vehicles and power plants. When the drivers throw trash out the window, they roll into the water. We should penalize drivers for littering and limiting the pollution coming from power plants.
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