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Charlotte teen identified as Mountain Island Lake apparent drowning victim

Date: 8/15/2017 6:48:00 PM

GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A 15-year-old who is believed to have drowned in Mountain Island Lake on Monday has been identified as A Pao of Charlotte. According to Mount Holly Police, Pao was swimming when he went missing near the 400 block of

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Mount Holly Police identify Charlotte teen found dead in Mountain Island Lake

Charlotte Observer

Date: 8/15/2017 3:15:00 PM

The Mount Holly Police Department has identified the teen found dead Monday at Mountain Island Lake as 15-year-old A Pao of Cedars East Court in Charlotte. Pao was recovered 20 feet from the shoreline, in waters that are 15 feet deep, officials said

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Officials Identify Teen Who Drowned In Mountain Island Lake

Wccb Charlotte

Date: 8/15/2017 8:50:00 AM

MT. HOLLY, NC — The body of a missing 15-year-old swimmer at Mountain Island Lake has been recovered. Officials say the teen’s body was found around 6pm. According to reports, he was at the rope swing area on the Gaston County side of the lake when he

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Gastonia 7 mins ago 6:51 p.m.Crews recover body of teenage boy during search at Mountain Island Lake

Date: 8/15/2017 2:03:00 AM

Crews recovered a body of a male teenager during a search at Mountain Island Lake, hours after responding to a possible drowning call. Earlier on Monday afternoon, fire and rescue crews responded to a possible drowning call at Mountain Island Lake in

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Body of teenager recovered at Mountain Island Lake

Charlotte Observer

Date: 8/14/2017 11:44:00 PM

The teen’s body was recovered shortly after 6 p.m., multiple media outlets at the scene reported. Emergency crews gathered at a rope swing off Mountain Island Road earlier in the afternoon, Observer news partner WBTV reported. First responders gathered

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• River: Catawba River
• Length: 61 Miles
• Surface Area: 3,281 Acres

The lake also supports Riverbend Steam Station by cooling the steam that drives the turbines and provides a dependable water supply for Mount Holly, Gastonia and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Mountain Island Lake is a lake northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. It is named after the mountain which appears as an island in the lake, and the surrounding area is identified by the lake's name. The shape of the lake follows the meander of the Catawba river's course, dammed near the Mount Holly Wastewater Plant. Full pond elevation is approximately 647.5 feet. The lake has around 3,281 acres of surface area and 61 miles of shoreline.
Mountain Island Lake is fed by the Catawba River, and is the smallest of the three man-made lakes that border Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie). Mountain Island Lake is managed by Charlotte-based company Duke Energy. The primary function of Mountain Island Lake is to provide drinking water for over 800,000 residents of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, as well as Mount Holly and Gastonia, Gaston County. The lake is also accessible to the public for boating and fishing use. There are two boating access areas on the lake and a tailrace fishing platform for bank fishing in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is planning a consent order for Duke Energy plants on the lake which have left local groundwater contaminated with high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic and cobalt. The discharge has come from a lack of lining in older coal ash ponds containing namesake waste which threatens the water quality of Mountain Island Lake's ecosystem and has as of August 2013 warranted over $99,000 worth of fines.
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